MD&M West (February 5 – 7)
January 5, 2019
Visit RDAbbott in M.R. Mold & Engineering’s booth 1346 at MD&M West 2019 February 5 – 7 in Anaheim, California. We will be showcasing German RepRap’s first production-ready L280 Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) 3D printer using Dow’s SILASTIC™ 3D 3335 Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR).
This revolutionary (patent pending) LAM 3D technology was developed in collaboration with German RepRap GmbH, a leading German manufacturer of 3D printers, and Dow Performance Silicones, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company. The LAM printer prints successive layers of LSR in a method comparable to the fused filament fabrication (FFF) process, then each layer of silicone is fully cross-linked through thermal cure.
German RepRap’s LAM platform, combined with Dow’s 3D Printable SILASTIC™ 3D 3335, is capable of printing functional prototype parts for high-volume manufacturing and is ideal for highly customized parts for small manufacturing trials. Further, the material’s physical and dynamic properties have been proven to be equivalent to an LSR injection molded part.
Whether your goal is to produce a complex geometric shape with overhangs, or a larger, less-detailed prototype, this LAM 3D printing process provides more design possibilities, finer controls, and significantly accelerates time-to-market.
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You also won’t want to miss our Technology Fellow Rick Ziebell’s technical presentation, “Liquid Additive Manufacturing (LAM) of Silicone Rubber Components” on February 5, from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Rick will present a validation study of 3D printed parts to that of the injection molded analog thus validating the LAM printer technology. The study is a side-by-side comparison of ASTM slabs three dimensionally printed both in X-Y and in X-Z print configuration to show the anisotropic qualities of LSR in bead-to-bead and layer-to-layer physical property performance. Comparisons of printed, compression molded, and injection molded LSR will be made to establish the analogous performance of printed versus molded.
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Your pass will also give you access to four other leading shows across a full spectrum of solutions spanning plastics, packaging, automation, and design engineering.
To reserve time with us during the conference, please contact Tom Jenkins at tjenkins@RDAbbott.com.
R.D. Abbott Co., Inc. (RDAbbott) is a full-service supplier that’s been serving the rubber industry since 1948. We are staffed with rubber industry experts, equipped with comprehensive testing laboratories, and stocked with leading elastomer products in warehouse locations throughout North America. Our featured laboratory services include in-house design and development capabilities (under ISO 9001:2015) with a technical team that specializes in formulation development and optimization, material testing, process engineering assistance, product characterization, and innovation development. Our product line encompasses a best-in-class list of elastomeric polymers, rubber chemicals, fillers, bonding agents, and testing equipment-all from respected manufacturers with trusted name brands. Visit www.RDAbbott.com to learn more.
About M.R. Mold & Engineering
M.R. Mold & Engineering is a global leader in the design and manufacture of injection molds for liquid silicone rubber (LSR), silicone gumstock, thermoset and thermoplastics. From concept through completion, M.R. Mold applies the expertise and technology to speed your product to market. Product development, design, engineering, manufacturing, validation and molding are all performed in-house. Visit www.mrmold.com to learn more.
About German RepRap GmbH
German RepRap GmbH, headquartered in Feldkirchen near Munich and originally founded as German RepRap Foundation (GRRF) in 2010, is a German manufacturer of industrial 3D printers “Made in Germany.” The company develops and produces 3D printers based on RepRap technology (fused filament fabrication) and markets them in combination with software, filaments, and accessories – directly as well as through a worldwide network of qualified distributors. German RepRap was the first company in Germany to introduce a RepRap-based large-capacity 3D printer for professional applications, the X400. The product line keeps expanding and includes 3D printers for professional use in product development, prototyping, model and mold construction, architecture, and design with a maximum print area of 1000 x 800 x 600 mm (39.4” x 31.5” x 23.6”). Customers around the world include large industrial companies in many sectors, such as automotive, aeronautics, medical devices, machinery and plant engineering and many more, as well as designers, architects, artists, universities and colleges. Visit www.germanreprap.com to learn more.
About Dow Performance Silicones
Dow Performance Silicones delivers a portfolio of performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of customers and industries around the world. The business uses innovative silicon-based technology to provide solutions and ingredients to customers in commercial construction and high-performance building, consumer goods, silicone elastomers, and pressure sensitive industries. As a global leader in innovation and silicone technology, we are committed to bringing new and proven solutions to the market that do more for our customers and continue to improve the lives of consumers worldwide. Visit consumer.dow.com to learn more.
About MD&M West
Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West is where serious professionals find the technologies, education, and connections to stay ahead in the global medical manufacturing community. In addition to more than 1,900 cutting-edge suppliers showcasing the latest solutions in contract manufacturing, manufacturing equipment, automation, R&D, medical device components, materials, plastics, and more, MD&M West hosts the largest three-day medtech conference in North America. Visit www.mdmwest.mddionline.com to learn more.