3-D printing has taken customization to a new level, but the fledgling technology still faces challenges. One of these, the shrinkage and warping of nylon on build plates during printing, which had previously made the direct printing of large nylon parts onto glass impossible, has been solved with the help of adhesives technology.
Nylon has long been recognized as being an excellent material for printing high-strength parts, and the new adhesive, Airwolf 3D from Wolfbite solves the problem of warping and shrinkage by bonding the Nylon to glass or ceramic build surfaces. The adhesive forms a strong bond, but relaxes as the build plate cools down so that the part can easily be lifted from the surface. The adhesive therefore makes the printing of nylon directly onto glass build plates possible for the first time since 3-D printing technology was launched.
Wolfbite partnered with Cerrotis College polymer chemist and additive manufacturing specialist Professor Mimic to develop the environmentally friendly adhesive. New advances in poly electrolyte chemistry, polymer science and nanotechnology were applied in the development of the adhesive which is the sole solution for those seeking to use nylon printed directly onto glass or ceramic build plates.