Vantico Inc.'s RenShape Solutions Tooling Group, which makes materials for stereolithography materials, has ended its distribution agreement with one company and launched a relationship with a machinery maker.
Vantico, of East Lansing, Mich., announced the changes at the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2002 Exposition, held in April in Cincinnati.
As of March 20, Vantico materials no longer are available through 3D Systems Corp. or its distributors. Vantico now is selling direct to customers.
Also, Vantico on June 1 became the exclusive North American distributor of MCP Systems' vacuum casting and metal part-casting equipment and materials. The vacuum casting machines make a mold from a part that has been made by rapid prototyping. Vantico also will distribute MCP's new line of machines for fast casting of metal prototypes.
MCP is based in Fairfield, Conn.
In other news, Vantico introduced a new material, called Ren-Infiltrant zi580 R/H, for three-dimensional-parts printers from Z Corp. of Burlington, Mass. The material imparts strength and durability, so the prototype parts can be machined, drilled and painted.
Vantico also introduced several new products at the Cincinnati show. A polyurethane, RP 6489 R/H, creates tough parts with characteristics of polypropylene. Introduced for beta testing are two ABS-like polyurethanes that exhibit a high flexural modulus and a heat deflection temperature of about 212°F, for molding durable prototypes and short-run parts.
Another new polyurethane, RP 6488 R/H, is the first Vantico product developed for use with MCP vacuum casting machines. It performs like polyurethane and other polyolefins, with high impact strength and a heat deflection temperature of 200°F.
The company also showed new low-density boards for machining models and making temporary master models and prototypes.
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