STERNE has developed a new additive manufacturing technology by depositing filaments using a 100% UV cured silicone, to provide its customers with silicone prototypes closest to the final piece.Decision-making tool and functional prototyping
Due to a changing market and an evolution in customers demand, STERNE has developed this silicone additive manufacturing technology as a decision tool, for example upstream from a mold purchasing.
So far, prototyping was carried out with a 3D plastic printer. "Many customers were wondering how the final piece will look like, but plastic prototype doesn’t reveal the mechanical properties of silicone" says Céline Laget, STERNE General Manager.
Recovering 100% of strength and elongation properties of the injected final product, pieces printed with this new technology allow their customers to have a clear idea of the final product. A technology developed in view to rapid prototyping and to reassure their customers, more than in purpose of mass-production.A technology with outstanding performance
"With a minimum printing layer of 0.25mm, we can manufacture items of extreme precision and great geometrical complexity", explains Anthony Pellafol, Materials Engineer at STERNE.
After a year and a half of research and development in its lab, and with the help of Momentive Performance Material and their UV technology, STERNE will present its innovation on its stand at the K2016*, unmissable exhibition in the plastic field.PRINTER PROPERTIES
● Maximum print volume, in mm: 250 x 200 x 100 (l x w x h)
● Minimum printing layer : 0,25mm
● Hardness from 30 to 60 Shores A
● Colorations : translucent (all translucent colors), opaque (red, green , yellow, black ...), phosphorescent