Plastic components for industrial use require good thermo-mechanical material properties like those of engineering thermoplastics such as Polypropylene (PP) or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS). On the other hand, geometric properties, especially surface quality, such as those of injection molded parts are crucial.
For the additive manufacturing of plastic components, a whole range of different production technologies are available. Stereolithographic processes achieve the best results in terms of geometric accuracy and surface quality. However, because of their chemical structure and crosslinking density consequently high brittleness and low heat deflection temperature, conventional photopolymers for high-precision stereolithography systems are only of limited suitability for industrial applications.
In order to transfer the lithography-based additive production of plastic components from today's point of view of the almost exclusive production of prototypes, utility models and design objects to the industrial production of directly usable technical or medical components, the material properties of the final component are the key to success.
Based on theoretical fracture mechanics considerations, Cubicure developed new photopolymers. Due to their excellent mechanical and thermal properties they can be used in broad industrial production areas.
These material systems are highly viscous at room temperature and therefore can only be processed using Cubicure's proprietary Hot Lithography technology.
In addition to two "standard" materials (Cubicure Precision and Cubicure Evolution), Cubicure offers customer- and application-specific photopolymer development.