Carbon Unveils New Flame-Retardant 3D Printing Resin as Part of Its Idea-to-Production Platform

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Carbon EPX 86FR photopolymer resin has an unrivalled blend of flame resistance, structural toughness, high strength, and long-term sturdiness.

Carbon EPX 86FR photopolymer resin has an unrivalled blend of flame resistance, structural toughness, high strength, and long-term sturdiness.Carbon EPX 86FR photopolymer resin has an unrivalled blend of flame resistance, structural toughness, high strength, and long-term sturdiness.

Carbon EPX 86FR photopolymer resin has an unrivalled blend of flame resistance, structural toughness, high strength, and long-term sturdiness.

Carbon, a prominent 3D printing technology firm, announced today that it is extending the capabilities of its idea-to-product platform with the all-new EPX 86FR, a flame retardant photopolymer resin that employs Carbon's patented dual-cure technique. This follows the recent announcement of the M3 Series printers and the general availability of the Carbon Design Engine™ as the company further enhances its idea-to-production platform.

The EPIREX 86FR is a photopolymer resin that offers flame resistance, structural toughness, high strength, and long-term stability in an unmatched amount. It may assist with the development process and tooling expenses for end-use parts, functional prototypes, and tools that require flame-retardant or self-extinguishing features.

"We're thrilled to bring this new material to market, broadening the already impressive materials offerings we have for our clients," said Jason Rolland, Senior Vice President of Materials at Carbon. "EPX 86FR was created for critical industries and markets that require a V-0 flame rating, high-performance mechanical properties, and smooth surface quality in a reliable, consistent, and high throughput printing platform."

Astoria Pacific, a company that manufactures automated analysis solutions for laboratories, utilizes EPX 86FR to develop heat bath housings for highly regulated electronics devices, among other applications. "We encountered significant supply chain delays in sourcing PVC and sheet metal," said Whitney Menzel, Senior Engineer at Astoria Pacific. "We turned to Carbon's platform and extensive material lineup, including EPX 86FR, to mitigate these challenges. Not only did we experience a much shorter production time frame using the flame-retardant resin–from 18 weeks through traditional methods to 2 weeks utilizing Carbon's platform–but we also saw significant cost savings, enhanced surface finishes, reduced weight, and both thermal and mechanical advantages."

Key features and applications of EPX 86FR include:

  • Works well to create end-use parts, functional prototypes, and manufacturing tools for consumer, automotive, and industrial applications that require UL 94 V-0 or FAR 25.853(a) ratings with flame-retardant and self-extinguishing features.
  • Similar properties, including functional toughness and temperature stability, to Carbon's high-strength epoxy-based engineering material, EPX 82, with better accuracy from reduced warpage and higher green strength.
  • Like other resins in Carbon's unique dual-cure resin portfolio, EPX 86FR produces functional and end-use parts with exceptional surface quality, accuracy, and repeatability.
  • Target applications of EPX 86FR include electronics device battery housings, fans, circuit board covers, automotive battery cases, brackets, covers, fasteners, cable clips, and connectors.

About Carbon

Carbon is a 3D printing technology company helping businesses to develop better products and bring them to market in less time. The Carbon DLS™ process combines versatile printers, advanced software, and best-in-class materials to deliver functional parts with end-use performance and aesthetics, helping engineers and designers to create products that outperform expectations. From prototyping and low-volume production to production-at-scale, global organizations use the Carbon process to create a wide range of functional end-use parts and print them reliably wherever and whenever they need them through Carbon's production network partners. Carbon is a venture-backed company headquartered in Redwood City, CA.

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