Bracknell, UK, June 16, 2022 – 3M, the science-based know-how firm, has shared the outcomes of an unbiased research into the compatibility of 3M™ Novec™ Engineered Fluids for precision cleansing of additive manufacturing (AM) supplies. The research, performed by Added Scientific within the spring of 2022, discovered that Novec 71IPA fluid confirmed the best compatibility with all ten supplies examined, compared to Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA). There was no structural harm to the supplies examined at Novec71IPA’s boiling level and solely minor swelling noticed.
Mentioned Rudi Van San, Senior Utility Engineer, Novec fluid, 3M: “AM — or 3D printing — has many advantages, enabling producers to scale processes and discover progressive concepts. Even the tiniest quantity of residue might result in issues and even product failure. Since AM is predicted to be broadly utilized in mission and safety-critical functions, superior floor preparation must be a precedence.”
Added Scientific — an unbiased, technology-agnostic AM and 3D printing contract analysis firm — performed in depth testing throughout AM resins, alloy powders, polymer powders, and polymer filaments. The 2 3M Novec fluids (Novec 71IPA and Novec 73DE) had been examined at their respective boiling factors, utilizing three samples per AM materials and submerged for seven days. Whereas 3M commissioned the research, the findings had been wholly unbiased and unbiased. Along with 3M Novec 71IPA fluid scoring highest throughout all ten supplies examined, 3M™ Novec™ 73DE Engineered Fluid was additionally discovered to be suitable with some AM elements constructed from polymeric powders and all metallic powders (together with titanium).
Rudi Van San added, “We’re delighted by the outcomes of this research, offering constant knowledge to proceed proposing 3M Novec fluids for AM element cleansing. Anecdotally, we already hear from the market that Novec fluid is being utilized in AM processes, so this research offers these customers with the arrogance that it’s the proper selection. We proceed to have interaction with the trade to develop greatest practices for AM element cleansing, sharing our expertise and science-based information.”
3M Novec fluids have been long-established for cleansing in manufacturing, from design and meeting to upkeep. They’re broadly utilized in mission and safety-critical functions, resembling aerospace and medical units. Appropriate for vapour degreasing, spray cleansing and hand-wipe functions, Novec fluids evaporate shortly with out leaving residue, penetrate tight areas effectively, and — when utilized in vapour part cleansing gear — eat much less energy and lowered fluid refill when in comparison with different processes.
Moreover, 3M Novec fluids are sustainable, non-flammable solvents with low toxicity, offering a large margin of security, a low World Warming Potential (GWP) and nil Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP). 3M Novec fluids meet all present setting and security laws.
About Added Scientific
Added Scientific is an unbiased, technology-agnostic Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing contract analysis firm offering consultancy, problem-solving and lab-based technical companies. www.addedscientific.com
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