Global 3D printer manufacturer B9Creations has partnered with nanomaterial company Mechnano to expand its range of engineering photopolymer materials designed to take additive manufacturing into scaled production applications.
This partnership leverages B9Creations’ high-throughput, ultra-precision B9 Core Series 3D printers and Mechnano’s discrete functionalized carbon nanotubes to deliver high-value materials engineered for specific performance requirements.
“The decision to partner with Mechnano was a natural step in expanding B9Creations’ offering of production-ready additive manufacturing solutions,” said Shon Anderson, B9Creations CEO. “Mechnano’s engineering-grade materials are well-matched for the high throughput, precision, and plug-and-play technology of the B9 Core Series systems to enable businesses to move from prototyping to production with ease.”
Mechnano’s proprietary technology, MechT, detangles and separates carbon nanotubes, then disperses them throughout additive manufacturing materials without re-clumping. The resulting discrete tubes can be tailored to specific performance requirements and deliver previously unattainable performance such as 50% increase in tensile strength, 200% increase in toughness, or 850% increase in tear resistance.
In addition, MechT can add properties like ESD to existing resins. B9Creations has certified Mechnano’s UV curable Formula1 and will offer this ESD safe material for use on its printers.
“B9Creations’ high-resolution printers are an excellent complement to Mechnano’s Technology, MechT,” said Mechnano CEO & Cofounder Steven Lowder. “For example, our ESD-safe resin, Formula1, uses MechT to add conductive properties to this first-of-many next-level material that will be available on the B9Creations printers. Working together, we will improve existing materials and create new resins to meet production applications’ needs.”
A global provider of agile additive manufacturing solutions, B9Creations serves customers, dealers, and strategic partners through hardware, software, and material solutions for high-precision applications in healthcare, manufacturing, research, model making, jewelry and more. B9Creations’ customers have printed 25+ million parts on thousands of platforms in nearly 70 countries around the world.
Mechnano is the first company to fabricate parts with carbon nanotubes using vat photopolymerization systems to achieve static-dissipative properties or improve impact, tear resistance and tensile performance. Its technology is backed by over a decade of research and development and protected by over 100+ issued and pending patents.