New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS), the only provider of Built to Share automated 3D printing solutions, has announced the launch of the Certified Material Developers Program, which will enable material, polymer, and chemistry companies to test and develop new 3D printing materials.
As a member of the Certified Material Developer Program, organizations can experiment with any material with melting temperatures up to 500° C. In preliminary testing, NVBOTS had validated the ability for the NVPro to print numerous materials, including ABS, polycarbonate, ULTEM 1010, Carbon Fiber ULTEM, PEEK, Carbon Fiber ABS, TPU, and a wide array of metals.
The Certified Material Developer program is limited to the first 50 qualified applicants. Leveraging the Built to Share NVPro, which offers the first automated part ejection in the industry, member organizations will be able to rapidly iterate through testing and verifying their materials for 3D printing. The NVLabs division of NVBOTS will support program members with its expertise to help Material Developers with configuring and enabling the NVPro to test any plastic or composite material that program members want to get verified.
“We are excited at MakeShaper to be part of the NVBOTS Material Developer Program and provide certified 3D printing materials for continuous 3D printing on NVBOTS supported devices,” said Bryan Bonacum, Vice President of Sales at MakeShaper. “With over 30 years of manufacturing expertise, we look forward to providing NVBOTS’ customers with the highest quality materials to give proven and repeatable results.”
The NVPro is paired with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device–while providing administrators with full control of production schedules and workflows typical in engineering and production settings. This combination of capabilities makes the NVPro uniquely suited for continuous 24-7 operation in multi-user environments, which further facilitates rapid iteration of material testing and certification.
“The NVPro is perfectly suited for materials development because of the printing throughput during the calibration and verification phases,” said Forest Sears, Materials Engineer at NVBOTS. “24/7 3D printing paired with unique 3D print IDs mean customers have more freedom with design of experiments compared to any other 3D printing solution. For example, a three-level, five variable, full factorial test is 243 printed parts without replicates—you can only effectively manage that many parts on an NVPro. The NVBOTS Certified Material Program reflects the collaborative history of 3D printing and pushes the NVPro towards its goal of printing any material anywhere in the world.”