3D Printing

SI-TUFF™ Performance Silicon Carbide is a new material that is rapidly finding uses in the latest 3D Printing technologies.

SI-TUFF™ Performance Silicon Carbide is suitable for all ink and polymer systems.

SI-TUFF™ is chemically inert and thermally stable up to very high temperatures.  It can be used with reactive systems, self-crosslinking products, and thermoplastics.

SI-TUFF™ Performance Silicon Carbide delivers dramatic improvements in mechanical properties.

SI-TUFF™ improves a wide range of properties such as modulus (tensile, compressive and flexural), hardness, total toughness, wear and abrasion resistance, fracture toughness, and crack resistance.  Most materials reinforced with SI-TUFF™ can withstand much higher stresses and loads.  Other mechanical effects you will see is lower net deflection and elongation at yield or failure.  In addition, higher loadings of SI-TUFF™ will reduce ductility.

SI-TUFF™ Performance Silicon Carbide keeps your viscosity under control.

SI-TUFF™ fibers and microfibers do not raise the viscosity like other additives.  SI-TUFF™ aligns in the direction of flow, thereby keeping the viscosity increase under control.  This effect allows higher solids levels as well.

For reference, consider the paper by Compton, B.G and Lewis, J.A, Adv. Mater2014, 26, 5930-5935.  The pdf for this paper is here: 3D Printing of Lightweight Cellular Composites