Additive manufacturing experts Ricoh have announced the release of an exciting new thermoset material for selective laser sintering (SLS) at this years Formnext Exhibition, the 3D printing industry’s leading trade show.
As well as exhibiting their range of cutting edge polymer and metal technologies, the Ricoh team are using the show as an opportunity to shout about their landmark partnership with 3D material solutions innovator TIGER. The collaboration with Austrian-based TIGER means Ricoh can now offer a range of thermoset materials for selective laser sintering printing.
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.
To celebrate the launch of this innovative partnership, Ricoh and TIGER are working together to host a series of 3D workshops in 2020 for beginners and advanced AM users. The sessions will offer a complete overview on unlocking the potential of AM, with a focus on thermosets – from design and machine competence; to material processing, coating and digital print.
Enrico Gallino, Materials Specialist at Ricoh, said: “We are extremely excited about this new ground-breaking partnership. This is all about us expanding our materials portfolio, ensuring we have the best solution for every application.
“We know that manufacturers can be sceptical about new materials so we’d encourage anyone to visit us on the stand or attend our series of launch workshops to learn more. To register your interest simply email 3Devents@ricoh-rpl.com.”
As well as announcing the new TIGER partnership, Ricoh’s re-launched website now includes a new online ordering function to enable engineers to get instant and accurate cross-process quotes for their parts.
Enrico added: “Formnext is the biggest exhibition of its kind, so we are taking the opportunity to re-launch our AM offering to the industry. This is an exciting time for Ricoh, and the 3D printing landscape as a whole.”
Ricoh is a true end-to-end manufacturer, taking products through their full development cycle – whether it’s one or one million parts.