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News & Press: July 2018

How 3D printing is helping the dark arts of composite manufacture

27 July 2018  
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Graphite Additive Manufacturing have long been synonomous with latest advance in 3D Printing. Withour roots in Formula One, Graphite AM was established to provide engineering and design expertise to Formula One teams and the wider Motorsport community. As the Dark Arts of composite manufacture continues to evolve, Graphite AM are running a number of key materials to help our clients gain a competitive advantage.

To form complex mandrels for composite tooling, materials such as SR-30 (FDM) and DMX (SLA) are starting to gain traction and with the right knowledge and experience, these materials can perform wonders. SR-30 is a sacrificial mandrel and DMX is an extraction mandrel with some unique properties.

Along with our ceramic filled SLA resins such as PerFORM by DSM, these high temperature materials can withstand the temperature and pressure of an autoclave. With builds running daily, an order can be placed and the mould be operational the following day. Ultem is another high temperature FDM filament with unrivalled mechanical properties ideal for complex moulds. This speed of manufacturing and our design and composite tooling knoweldge is helping our clients to stay one step ahead of the field.

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