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Chromatic Announces Breakthrough Smooth-Mode Technology for Ultra-Smooth 3D-Printed Rubber Parts

Chromatic 3D Materials | September 22, 2022 | Read time : 02:00 min

Chromatic Announces
Chromatic 3D Materials, a 3D-printing technology provider, has developed breakthrough Smooth-Mode technology for 3D printing of durable rubber parts with ultra-smooth surfaces at commercial volumes. Now, industrial manufacturers can 3D print smooth, high-quality polyurethane parts, such as seals, gaskets, grommets, bladders and other elastomeric products, with no post processing or surface finishing.

"Sealing requires a smooth surface, but 3D-printed parts have always had layer lines or roughness. We have developed a way to easily and cost-effectively 3D print products that are ultra-smooth without additional steps. It's a breakthrough for 3D printing those professional applications that must be airtight and watertight," 

Dr. Cora Leibig, Chromatic CEO and founder

Parts printed with Smooth-Mode technology have superior aesthetics as well as finer dimensional accuracy. For example, products can be printed with precise uniform thickness at submillimeter scale. Thus, the new technology is suitable for manufacturing rubber bladders and other elastomeric products that expand and contract.

Chromatic's team of additive manufacturing experts first achieved ultra-smooth prints by fine-tuning the viscosity and surface tension of the company's printable thermoset polyurethane materials. "We developed a way to go beyond simply applying our reaction technology to FDM printing. Smooth-Mode uses chemistry to create an ultra-bonded and smooth part. We believe this printing technique delivers the world's smoothest printing along the Z, or height, axis," explained Dr. Bart Engendahl, Chromatic's managing director in Germany.

Industrial manufacturers can take advantage of Smooth-Mode with Chromatic's RX-AM™ materials and technology platform. A 3-in-1 platform, RX-AM™ includes materials, software and hardware for deposition printing with reactive chemistry. RX-AM™, or Reactive Extrusion Additive Manufacturing, uses printable polyurethanes with Shore A hardness ranging from 50 to 90 as well as custom grades with varying colors, hardnesses and special properties. The platform is designed for printing commercial volumes.

About Chromatic 3D Materials
Chromatic 3D Materials is a 3D-printing technology company focused on more flexible, cost-effective and sustainable manufacturing of industrial-strength elastomeric products. Its portfolio includes printable polyurethanes and other thermoset elastomers for applications in transportation, industrial seals and gaskets, textiles, medical devices and defense. Chromatic's RX-AM™ materials and technology platform is based on Reactive Extrusion Additive Manufacturing, a type of deposition 3D printing that uses chemical reactions. Founded in 2016 by CEO Dr. Cora Leibig, Chromatic now has facilities in the US and Germany. 

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Welcome to Clear Chem, Trader & Supplier of Industrial Chemicals. The company was incorporated in 2009, at Mumbai. We Cater to Textile, Rubber, Ink, Paint & other industries. Assured quality products, tamper proof packaging and reasonable prices make us the preferred supplier in the industry. We offer a wide array of Chemical Products, Recovered Solvents and Chemicals. Our Chemical Products are best in the industry amongst others. Crude Solvents and Chemicals offered by us are highly effective. We also provide Distilled Solvents and Chemicals that are extremely reliable. Spent Solvents and Chemicals are available at market leading prices. Our Recovered Solvents and Chemicals are highly cost effective. For more information, log on at - http://www.clearchem.co.in/

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