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Ricoh and TIGER Webinar Explores New Thermoset Materials for Additive Manufacturing

It might be Bonfire Night for the UK, but one thing that won’t be burning on Thursday 5th November is the groundbreaking SLS thermoset parts being showcased by TIGER Coatings and Ricoh 3D in a new webinar series.

Ricoh 3D has partnered with TIGER’s TIGITAL® 3D-Set team to make flame retardant thermoset materials commercially available for Selective Laser Sintering.

The breakthrough move, which was announced at Formnext last year, combines TIGER’s specialist materials portfolio with Ricoh’s print expertise to extend the application field for the automotive, electrical, transportation and aerospace industries. After months of stringent tests and assessments, the materials are now fully validated and ready to be deployed for end-parts.

Ricoh 3D and TIGER are hosting a joint webinar on Thursday, November 5, 2pm to 3pm GMT, for anyone interested in seeing some of the extraordinary thermal and mechanical advantages in action, and learning more about the product mix available.

To secure a place on the webinar, register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9128600042382270220

Speakers will include Dr Enrico Gallino (Material Specialist, Ricoh 3D), Mark Dickin (AM & Moulding Engineering Manager, Ricoh 3D), Dr Baris Kaynak (Product Manager, TIGER) and Thomas Wagner (Global Manager Transportation, TIGER).

Enrico said: “We look forward to explaining how these ground-breaking materials can disrupt the marketplace by reducing development cycles and achieving more efficient production.

“This webinar will look at how the eco-system between a material innovator and a print service specialist can produce functional end-use parts from small batches up to serial production.

“We’ll explore the differences between thermoplastic and thermoset and discover how SLS printing using thermoset produces stable, high-quality parts with a shrinkage less than 1% and adjustable flame retardant properties up to UL94 V0.”

Thermoset materials remain in a permanent solid-state, demonstrating outstanding isotropic performance. They can be used to create flame retardant parts that, unlike thermoplastics, offer low smoke formation, no polymer melt-dropping and self-extinguishing behaviour. These characteristics make the materials perfect for use in industries such as electrical, rail, automotive and aerospace where most, if not all, components must be fire-proof.

The partnership further increases the capabilities of Ricoh’s 3D printing services and range of in-house technologies, including Selective Laser Sintering and Multi Jet Fusion. This is supported by a complementary range of team specialisms including material characterisation, design consultation, metrology and post-processing.

Ricoh is a true end-to-end manufacturer, taking products through their full development cycle – whether it’s one or one million parts. For more information, visit www.rapidfab.ricoh-europe.com


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