The partnership between Tethon 3D and Fortify is creating significant value-add to the ceramic additive manufacturing industry and we are going to continue to develop additive ceramics together. This is enabled by Flux Developer, an open materials platform for the development of viscous and filled resins. It gives users the ability to quickly qualify new materials for operation on FLUX Series 3D printers. This toolkit unlocks access to all key print parameters on our printers, and gives you the ability to control the projector, Continuous Kinetic Mixing™ (CKM), and Fluxprint as well.
Here’s how it works:
Customers or partners start with a photocurable material formulation. Flux Developer allows the user to conduct an initial product screening and characterization with built-in onboarding experiments.
Once this characterization occurs and there is a deeper understanding of their material, a material profile can be created. The next step is to run a print and then analyze the results. This creates a feedback loop to review the material formulation. This process is repeated as you run more onboarding experiments or tune the material configuration.
Within Flux Developer you can run through a workflow a few different ways with two different tools on the machine including:
- Photokinetics analysis
- Build plate adhesion test
The photokinetics analysis helps the user figure out how a material responds to the dosage and intensity of the UV light whereas the build plate adhesion test studies how the material adheres to the build plate.
There are more tools available in Flux Developer that are on a Flux Portal, a web-based application, where users are able to create, store, and share material configurations, the information the machine needs to print a specific material, within an organization. Additionally, they can activate or retire specific material configurations. In this creation tool, our customers can adjust peel settings, layer thickness, and other parameters like UV intensity and dosages for every layer. Once a configuration has been created and activated, that material configuration is available on Fluxhost, the on-machine user interface. The user can then select from the list of activated material configurations to print with their custom material.