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3D Printing Biocompatible Elastomeric applications

From hearing aids to steering wheels, the applications of FlexTune™ 3D Printed elastomers are endless. Our technology focuses on printing rubbery, elastic materials with unparalleled durability.


Our 3D printed elastomers perform just like traditional polyurethanes. If a mass-produced application or part requires a polyurethane, styrenic block copolymer, thermoplastic elastomer, EPDM or PVC today, chances are that our printable polyurethanes will work just as well or better.


Right now we are only just beginning to explore and develop for the breadth of applications that will be made possible by our Flextune™ technology, but the commonalities will be soft touch, flexibility, elasticity and shape retaining durability. Below are some of the applications for FlexTune™

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Applications:

  • Rubber handles and grips

  • Insoles

  • Steering wheels

  • Tires and wheels

  • Hearing aids or other medical devices

A Resin with Medical Applications:

A customer approached us seeking a material that could meet specific regulatory requirements and have a characteristic of increasing flexibility during the temperature increase from room to body temperature. We were able to develop a casting resin to meet their requirements.


Partnering with a producer of consumer goods, we identified portions of the mass-produced part where printing directly on top would bring cost-effective personalization and furnish a custom product for their customers.

Material Customization: Chromatic 3D Materials’ printing technology allows for changes in hardness in the printed materials and still provides uniformly solid parts. In collaboration with the customer, we develop solutions that allow for a material that softens at body temperature, providing a better fit, while being structurally supportive. In another application we designed a process that allowed two hardnesses to be printed in one consecutive part.


THE ACHIEVEMENT: The Chromatic 3D Materials’ technologies afford the benefits of 3D printed geometries with the added benefit of the material flexibility of a casting process.


Variable Hardness within the Same Print

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Printing on and around anything from textiles to Electronics

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The Opportunity:

Chromatic 3D Materials’ flexible yet durable resins, technologies and techniques offer wide versatility in the arenas of geometric customization, material properties and speed of production. This combination affords some exciting future applications.


Imagine for a moment: We have robots that talk, walk, run, and manipulate objects. Recent advances have also been made in simulating the five human senses including hearing, sight and even smell. Robotic touch, however, remains a persistent conundrum especially as it relates to grasp. The feedback loop necessary to support a robot or prosthetic gripping an object tightly enough to hold it yet also not crush it has remained an elusive and complex challenge. It is this ability to simulate the sense of touch which might be solved by sensors embedded in an affordable multi-hardness 3D print which is then linked to the latest actuator technology.

WHY LIQUID REACTIVE 3DTM PRINTING?

Chromatic 3D Materials’ flexible yet durable resins, technologies and techniques offer wide versatility in the arenas of geometric customization, material properties and speed of production. This combination affords some exciting future applications.


Imagine for a moment: We have robots that talk, walk, run, and manipulate objects. Recent advances have also been made in simulating the five human senses including hearing, sight and even smell. Robotic touch, however, remains a persistent conundrum especially as it relates to grasp. The feedback loop necessary to support a robot or prosthetic gripping an object tightly enough to hold it yet also not crush it has remained an elusive and complex challenge. It is this ability to simulate the sense of touch which might be solved by sensors embedded in an affordable multi-hardness 3D print which is then linked to the latest actuator technology.

Multi Material Printing: The technology used by Chromatic 3D Materials allows for multi-material printing. What is meant by this is that a part may be printed with hardness differentials which may be pressed (literally!) into service as varying levels of feedback triggers for robotic sensors. Additionally, our resins can be custom fitted and printed on to a substrate such as metal, plastic or textiles. Imagine a prosthetic limb, made for a quickly growing child, with sensors embedded at the extreme end to simulate touch and facilitate grasp.


THE ACHIEVEMENT: We are working on bringing this vision to life. We will combine our resin’s ability to print on a variety of flexible textiles and around structural fixtures and electronics, such as actuators with the customization and material knowledge our special printing processes can produce in order to offer the ability to add a form of robotic “touch” on to traditional robots as well as prosthetics.


The Chromatic 3D Materials technologies allow a new level of flexibility in production processes. We can augment your current processes, materials and methods with Reactive 3D TM Printing and integrate seamlessly with your technology.