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Zortrax adds new resin with ceramic infill to Inkspire 2 materials list

The BASF Ultracur3D RG 3280 resin, manufactured by BASF Forward AM, is characterized by exceptional hardness, high stiffness, and excellent resistance to temperatures

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Zortrax has recently added a new resin with ceramic infill manufactured by BASF Forward AM – BASF Ultracur3D RG 3280 – to its list of available materials for use on the Zortrax Inkspire 2 3D printer. The material is characterized by exceptional hardness, high stiffness, and excellent resistance to temperatures – reaching up to 280ºC. It also has a stable particle dispersion and low viscosity which makes it easy to handle and print. The parts 3D printed on the Zortrax Inkspire 2, and post-processed on the Zortrax Cleaning Station and Zortrax Curing Station, feature the characteristics of ceramics, without the need to use special furnaces. The high content of ceramic particles ensures a true ceramic look of the parts.

Zortrax adds new resin with ceramic infill to Inkspire 2 materials list - BASF Ultracur3D RG 3280 resin, manufactured by BASF Forward AM.
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Using the new high-performance, specialized photopolymer with Zortrax Powerful Trio is easy and convenient. The process starts with preparing a model in Z-SUITE, where the users can find the ready, calibrated profile for BASF Ultracur3D RG 3280. The Inkspire 2 has been designed specifically to work with specialized filaments through a series of innovative features, including a powerful, proprietary light engine. Moreover, during 3D printing, the users are also provided with suggestions for proper post-processing. For parts made with Ultracur3D RG 3280, post-processing in the Zortrax Cleaning Station only takes about 10 to 20 seconds, and about 30 minutes for each side of the model, in the Zortrax Curing Station.

“BASF Ultracur3D RG 3280, 3D printed and post-processed on Zortrax Powerful Trio, which comprises Zortrax Inkspire 2, Zortrax Cleaning Station, and Zortrax Curing Station (each validated by BASF Forward AM), features high stiffness (up to 10 GPa), excellent HDT values and Shore hardness (D) reaching 96, which is rare on the market. Despite the high content of ceramic particles, the resin has low viscosity and its sedimentation in the vat is limited, which translates into maximized ease of use and print quality,” said Artur Chendoszko, Resin Technology Leader at Zortrax.

Zortrax adds new resin with ceramic infill to Inkspire 2 materials list - BASF Ultracur3D RG 3280 resin, manufactured by BASF Forward AM.
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Thanks to characteristics such as resistance to corrosion, temperature, shape change, melting, stretching, and distortion, ceramic materials are used for a wide range of applications in such industries as aerospace, automotive, robotics, electronics, metallurgy, energy production, and chemical.

Components 3D printed specifically with BASF Ultracur3D RG 3280 exhibit high stiffness and electrical non-conductivity. The resin is hence a suitable choice for 3D printing objects required for specific manufacturing processes – for example, ceramic handling arms that move semiconductor wafers from one station to another, or positioning and guide pins used in pressure welding. The resin is recommended for all manufacturing processes where the parts must provide highly desirable mechanical, electrical, thermal, and chemical properties, and function as a non-conductive, thermal insulation which doesn’t interfere with the welding process.

“We’re glad that our cooperation with BASF Forward AM is so fruitful – we are constantly expanding our product portfolio with materials for both FDM and UV LCD technologies. It is worth noting that Zortrax is the only 3D printer manufacturer on the market with such a broad portfolio of resins by BASF, which are all compatible, tested, and calibrated to work with the Zortrax Inkspire 2 printer,” said Natalia Jusiak, Head of Marketing at Zortrax.

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