ALT LLC Demonstrates Manufacturing Process for Fabricating Silicone Multi-Material 3D Objects
Silicone 3D Objects
Santa Barbara, CA – ALT LLC announced this month that the company is developing a new Additive Manufacturing process to deposit rubber-like silicone materials in silicone 3D objects with multiple materials using a novel deposition technology. Silicone or poly-siloxane is a versatile material with low thermal conductivity, low toxicity, high gas permeability, wide operating temperature and high resistivity. These favorable material properties make silicone desirable for use in a number of different applications, including anatomical tissues, medical devices, sensors, microfluidics, seals/gaskets, adhesives and many more commercial and consumer products, such as customizable cellphone cases and insoles for shoes.
Silicone, a thermoset polymer, is more challenging to deposit using additive manufacturing techniques than conventional thermoplastics and 3D printing filaments, which melt as they are extruded and quickly cool into hard object moments after their deposition. ALT has recently demonstrated simultaneous multi-material deposition of a number of different types of silicones and composites with varying viscosity, color and shore hardness. Figure 1 shows a cross section of a human leg 3D printed in-house at ALT in synthetic skin, bone, muscle, adipose and fascia, with empty spaces to represent blood vessels.
ALT offers additive manufacturing, as well as design services, with a wide range of materials, such as silicones, thermoplastics and high-strength composites through their web portal at http://3DALT.com. Individuals can order 3D prints in silicone for a wide range of applications that may be of interest. ALT wants to turn your idea into a reality! In addition, ALT provides business-to-business research and development working on unique projects for local businesses that may require silicone parts.
About: ALT LLC is an additive manufacturing startup in Santa Barbara, CA. They are currently developing hardware and software for the next generation of additive manufacturing, as well as characterizing and developing advanced materials. Dr. Jonathon Barton, the company’s CEO received his Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Material Science Department in 2004 and has extensive experience in additive manufacturing, as well as micro and nanofabrication.
Check out the article “3D Printing Service Provider ALT LLC Serves Customers and the Planet with Recycled Filament and Sustainable Practices” that Clare Scott at 3DPrint.com wrote about our new sustainable technology that uses recycled plastic to make 3D printed parts! Follow this link for the full story or click on the picture below!
ALT LLC takes plastic waste headed for the landfill and gives it a new life as a 3D object instead.
Santa Barbara, CA- What if you could take your plastic water bottle and turn it into a 3D printed object? With ALT’s new green additive manufacturing technology, now you can.
ALT has recently developed green process technology that can turn recycled plastics, such as those found in plastic water bottles, packaging, and other waste, into new 3D printed objects. If you have a 3D design you want to be printed, get a quote at their web portal http://3DALT.com/3d-printing-service/ today! Select from their “Recycled Materials” choose the type and color you desire and ALT will use their fabrication process to make your object out of waste that would have otherwise ended up in the landfill, or worse, the ocean.
Our oceans and waterways are inundated with tons of plastic. According to a recent report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), every square mile of ocean has about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it. To combat this problem, effort needs to go into both greener plastic materials and manufacturing processes that can utilize this waste for good use. ALT’s technology offers an opportunity for responsible stewardship in Santa Barbara by grinding and reusing this plastic waste. ALT hopes that providing these tools will inspire people in the central coast community to engineer creative products responsibly and sustainably using this platform.
ALT’s process is compatible with a variety of plastics that can be colored or made into composites to suit a wide range of applications from cell phone cases to drones. The technology will enable reusing of the material multiple times. The company hopes that this technology will help support the community by enabling local manufacturing, using locally sourced materials, which significantly reduces cost as well as fuel for transportation and greenhouse gas emissions.
Please help maintain our beautiful city for years to come and see how you can do your part to make a difference in Santa Barbara.
About: ALT LLC develops next-generation additive manufacturing technology in Santa Barbara, CA. They are committed to engineering with lower environmental impact. ALT has used their technology for a number of good causes including fabricating surgery training models, sensors, and prototypes for local businesses in the area. The company offers 3D Printing services through its web portal at http://3DALT.com.
Dr. Jonathon Barton, the company’s CEO received his Ph.D. at the University of California Santa Barbara in the Material Science Department in 2004 and has extensive experience in additive manufacturing, as well as micro and nanofabrication. He has been involved with a number of startups in the area.