Cubic Ink 3D printing materials

Cubic Ink 3D printing materials

January 7, 2022


Specialty chemicals group ALTANA and 3D printer manufacturer dp polar produced three new Cubic Ink 3D printing material families, high-performance with heat resistance and multi-material capability.

A wide variety of materials including engineering-grade materials with different properties and the support material can be printed in a continuous process. This multi-material capability increases productivity, reduces unit costs, and creates more flexibility in the industrial production of 3D printed objects.

The three Cubic Ink print material families:

1. High performance

  • 1-series: Excellent strength and heat resistance up to 193 °C, ideal for applications with hot liquids in the engine compartment.
  • 4-series: Good balance between heat deflection temperature of 100 °C and toughness with an elongation at break of up to 6% for maximum design freedom.

2. Prototyping

Three types of material:

  • “Tough/Rigid” with very good dimensional stability for robust applications.
  • “Flexible” with variable degrees of hardness, adjustable elasticity, and high sharpness of detail for flexible or stretchable component parts.
  • “Clear” for optical components – high transparency and individually adaptable due to a variable refractive index.

3. Support Materials

“Standard” and "Fast-dissolving” support materials. These are water-soluble, environmentally friendly, and can be removed automatically in a water bath without chemical solvents.

With Cubic Ink ALTANA is expanding the range of applications for pioneering solutions in the highly innovative field of 3D printing. ALTANA AG recently expanded its portfolio of 3D printing materials by acquiring the business of TLS Technik GmbH & Co Spezialpulver KG and the British company Aluminium Materials Technologies Ltd. (AMT). In the hardware segment, ALTANA had already acquired a stake in dp polar in 2017 and has since been working closely with the technology company based in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen near Karlsruhe.

dp polar is the manufacturer of the Inkjet AMpolar machine generation, the world’s first 3D printing system with a continuously rotating print platform. Unlike previous processes, it is not the print head that moves, but the platform on which the print is made. The AMpolar i1, a more compact model, features a build volume of up to 240 liters and a print platform of almost one square meter. This makes it possible to print layers between 4-25 μm, achieving an excellent resolution of up to 720 x 720 x 5,000 dpi. This new system supplements the AMpolar i2 system features a build volume of about 700 liters. Even the more compact model has a larger build volume than previous printing systems available on the market in the material jetting sector. Components can be produced up to 20 times faster in larger numbers.

The Cubic Ink printing material families now presented for industrial production open completely new possibilities in product manufacture, especially for users in the automotive and aerospace industries, but also for medical technology (including orthoses).