We needed to create complex components to combine multiple profiles for architectural structures, and hold our fabrics in the ceiling systems. To achieve this goal, we needed a material with select properties, and a 3D printer that can get the best out of the material.
The material that had the required properties was the ULTEM™ 9085 filament, a polyetherimid (PEI) plasticand the 3D printer used to achieve this task was the Intamsys Funmat pro 610 HT 3D printer.
The printer has a nozzle temperature that goes up to 500 °C adequate for this material because of its high melting point.
It also has a controlled heated chamber, that was set to about 200 °C, which is necessary in order to achieve strong layer bonding for ULTEM™ 9085 filament because of its glass transition temperature of 186° C.
The result was:
- Very complex integrable shapes, that the concept of milling could not even be considered.
- Very durable components with strong layer bonding.
- Lightweight and highly flame-retardant components.
- Reduced materials with infill structure.
Another example is when we had to use the BASF Ultrafuse® PC/ABS FR material.
The major challenge for this project was achieving combination of different materials, assembled as a single piece, and shipped for easy, on-site installation
This component had to have the following requirements:
- Remain invisible
- Excellent surface quality to act as a frame for fabric systems.
- High durability & flame retardant
We achieved this unique architectural component using innovative technologies like (3D printing, 3D engineering, big data analysis, etc.) and the philosophy at Richter Lighting Technologies GmbH.