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28th September 2017, Modena

CRP Technology strengthens its European presence

CRP Technology has established a dealer agreement with LSS Laser-Sinter-Service. Through the agreement, LSS will sell the composite SLS materials Windform XT 2.0 and Windform SP in the German and Austrian markets.

Windform XT 2.0 and Windform SP are the polyamide-based carbon fibre reinforced materials from the Windform family of High Performance 3D printing materials, created and developed by the R&D department of CRP Technology.

Energica Eva electric motorbike 3D printed front nose, finished and used for pre-production series, manufactured by CRP Technology, material – Windform XT 2.0. © CRP Technology

“We are pleased to launch this new dealer alliance,” said Franco Cevolini, CEO and Technical Director at CRP Technology. “LSS is our support and service provider for AM. We have known each other for a very long time now. Together with LSS we’ve developed customer-specific solutions and hardware and software upgrades for our 3D Printing Department.”

“Now with LSS we decided to improve our collaboration. This agreement will further strengthen our business relationship and it will act as an important step in introducing Windform materials to new customers throughout Germany and Austria.”

Strategic collaboration

“I think this strategic collaboration is a logical consequence of our long-term partnership. We are thrilled being able to offer a benchmark-setting turn-key solution consisting of CRP’s Windform XT 2.0/ SP materials and LSS powered polymer laser sintering (PLS) equipment,” said Hermann Hanning, CTO of LSS.

According to the agreement, LSS will not only sell Windform XT 2.0 and Windform SP, but will be able to provide the appropriate technical support, depending on customer’s needs, from initial set-up to the material processing phase.

Windform XT 2.0

Windform XT 2.0 is a carbon fibre reinforced composite 3D printing material known for its mechanical properties. It is particularly suitable in demanding applications such as motorsports, aerospace, and UAV sectors, the manufacturer reports. The innovative material replaces the previous formula of Windform XT within the Windform family of materials.

Windform XT 2.0 features improvements in mechanical properties including 8% increase in tensile strength, 22% in tensile modulus, and a 46% increase in elongation at break. “The material allows for the creation of accurate, reliable, and durable prototypes and is perfect for functional applications,” the company explains.

Windform SP

Windform SP is a carbon fibre reinforced composite polyamide material characterised by a dark black colour. It is said to have excellent mechanical properties similar to Windform XT 2.0, with the addition of increased resistance to shock, vibrations, and deformation. The material also shows an increase in impact strength and elongation at break, as well as excellent thermal properties and resistance to high temperatures, according to the manufacturer.

Windform SP is a material with optimal strength to weight ratio. It also has waterproof properties, and is resistant to absorption of liquids and moisture.

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