Differentiated Additive Manufacturing Solutions
Focused on accelerating customer success and the ever-evolving world of 3D printing, The Lubrizol Corporation, a worldwide leader in advanced materials and the inventor of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), expanded their offering beyond materials, application development, and testing by acquiring Avid Product Development.
Our combined expertise enables us to create differentiated solutions that break barriers and accelerate the growth of industries adopting and using additive manufacturing. Together we developed a sample kit illustrating our commitment to supplying quality 3D printing solutions and design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), printing, and post-processing capabilities.
INSIDE THE SAMPLE KIT
With interchangeable springs, this interactive shock absorber demonstrates the effects design has on part performance. The interoperability of various 3D printing materials and parts with distinct features and finishes, also exemplifies the endless design possibilities with additive manufacturing (AM).
The pre-assembled shock absorber includes a traditional coil spring 3D printed in HP 3D PA 11 and multiple components produced in HP 3D PA 12. The surface of the spring is vapor smoothed and the shock body features uniquely designed panels finished with various post-processing techniques for improved aesthetics and part quality.
Manufactured in Lubrizol ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A, the spring bellows provides exceptional rebound and low levels of permanent deformation following prolonged periods of compression.
Showcasing the ability of additive manufacturing to create complex parts not possible through conventional methods, this concept spring utilizes design for additive manufacturing and generative design tools to alter the already versatile performance of ESTANE® TPU M95A.
Leveraging the design freedom of additive manufacturing, this custom protective case features a unique viewing window with a lattice structure printed in ESTANE® TPU M95A, a non-marring material suitable for Class A surfaces and other high-value finishes. Utilizing DfAM allowed for part consolidation with a living hinge made as one piece and a secure snap fit closure.
Highlighting the value of additive manufacturing for low to mid volume printed circuit board (PCB) housings, this electronics enclosure features an integrated button and a multi-material design in ultra-clear resin and PA 12 for enhanced visual appeal. Avid designed and assembled the electronic device, and it securely fits into the aforementioned custom packaging.
Additive Manufacturing Expertise
These sample parts serve as only a glimpse into the capabilities with Avid and Lubrizol.
Contact us to learn how our combined additive manufacturing expertise can benefit your product design, prototyping, and manufacturing projects!