Photopolymer materials for advanced manufacturing applications formulated by BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany) have qualified for early development access to Wave Applied Voxel (WAV) technology currently under development by Paxis LLC (Crystal Lake, IL).
The Ultracur3D ST 45 reactive urethane photopolymer is designed to fulfill the requirements of functional applications for high accuracy and mechanical strength, said BASF. Ultracur3D ST 45 can be used to produce high-performance functional parts via stereolithography, digital light processing or Liquid Crystal Display.
Collaboration with materials suppliers such as BASF at the early stages of development of WAV technology will advance system capabilities and hardware improvements, said Paxis, and enable end users to integrate the technology quickly into their operations.
WAV extends the application possibilities of additive manufacturing to a much broader scope than current technologies allow, according to Paxis. Equipment and processes can be adapted to requirements that were previously unimaginable in additive manufacturing, the company added.
“BASF’s collaboration with Paxis will enable customers to access a modular additive manufacturing technology, whether they are producing large quantities of small parts, small quantities of very large parts, or anything in between,” said Oleksandra Korotchuk, Business Development Manager, BASF 3D Printing Solutions.
Paxis said that it is primarily focused on commercial manufacturing applications in the aerospace, automotive, dental and medical sectors. It is also engaged in identifying potential vertical markets within advanced manufacturing that have so far been ignored because of the limitations of existing technologies.