The next step into 3D printing technology – 3D printed silicone. Silicone has been die-cast originally, while innovative 3D printing technology leads to completely new possibilities.
The next step into 3D printing technology – 3D printed silicone
Silicone parts have been produced by injection molding, which is known for its disadvantageous high-cost at low-units ratio. Therefore, rapid production is impossible, leading to the conclusion that injection molding itself is a strong limitation for silicone processing.
Considerably more flexible than injection molding is the combination of 3D printing with silicone. Not only the time from an idea to the finished part is much shorter, also the possible shapes are nearly limitless. The advantages of this innovative production process are showing above all small series or parts with high degree of individualization.
…the possible shapes are nearly limitless
Lapuna stands for our currently greatest R&D project. One of our objectives is the additive processing of liquid materials, such as silicone. Our technology is built on wax-based support structures, which is another part of Lapuna. These two approaches are leading into our third objective: developing a hybrid production process. We are testing and evaluating our results with cooperation partners at the moment.
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