A new, tough material for stereolithography rapid prototyping and manufacturing is said to simulate the look and feel of molded ABS.

A new, tough material for stereolithography rapid prototyping and manufacturing is said to simulate the look and feel of molded ABS. Accura 55 Plastic is the latest addition to a family of photocurable epoxies from 3D Systems Corp., Rock Hill, S.C. It is designed to work on all SLA systems. It is suited to prototyping, rapid manufacturing, and functional testing of auto interior parts, electronic components, and master patterns for urethane casting. Recently tested by medical-device makers Boston Scientifi c in Natick, Mass., and Harvest Technologies Corp., Plymouth, Mass., Accura 55 was praised for its high productivity and part quality. Says Boston Scientifi c's rapid-prototyping team leader Joseph Cihlar, "Its speed has allowed us to produce more models in a shorter time. In addition, our engineers are amazed that they cannot distinguish the Accura 55 prototypes from machined ABS and acetal articles." Jason Morgan, Harvest's stereolithography production manager says the material's low viscosity allowed the fi rm to clean and fi nish parts more easily. He also cites a high build success rate, and higher quality parts with mechanical properties that allow models to serve as functional prototypes. Tel: (803) 326-4010 . www.3dsystems.com

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