Online 3D printing service Sculpteo to roll out major change, replacing their default Nylon PA11 black plastic with HP Multi Jet Fusion PA12.
It’s a small change, but a significant one. The professional 3D printing service Sculpteo are changing the default options on their available materials, so that the standard black plastic will no longer be Nylon PA11. Instead it will be HP Multi Jet Fusion PA12, which until only recently was in a beta testing phase.
The change becomes official from 30 September 2017. After this point the Multi Jet Fusion PA12 becomes the only black plastic that the company will offer.
“At Sculpteo, we are paying close attention to your needs and we want to offer you the best materials available on the market.”
“At Sculpteo, we are paying close attention to your needs and we want to offer you the best materials available on the market,” says spokesperson Lucie Gaget. “That’s precisely why we chose to replace our black plastic material Nylon PA11 by HP Multi Jet Fusion PA12. This is a high quality material. For example, it is ideal if you want to create resistant objects or complex shapes.”
Beta users have had access to the new material on Sculpteo for a few months. The results have been so encouraging that Sculpteo has decided all their customers should have access. But to make it their only offering in a popular fabrication choice is a remarkable show of confidence.
Multi Jet Fusion PA12 is created from a fine polyamide powder and is characterized by a great elasticity and a high impact resistance. Objects 3D printed with this material are resistant to chemicals, scratches, and abrasion. Moreover, Multi Jet Fusion PA12 is light stabilized and is suitable for outdoor use.
The black plastic is fabricated using a process called Multi Jet Fusion, invented by HP, which creates parts using a multi-agent printing process. A print head selectively deposits drops of fusing agent and detailing agent onto a powder bed; next, an infrared light heats these parts to fuse the material.
Sculpteo reckons this material is ready for prime time, and suitable for both prototyping and creating fully functional plastic parts. Because of its mechanical properties, it’s suitable for applications in the automotive sector, electronics, education, or even in the medical industry. In certain cases, it could even be a substitute for injection molded plastics.
One thing to note, however. There is no particular finishing available for Multi Jet Fusion PA12. Instead, there’s a matte texture that’s relatively smooth.
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