Materials

Freshmade 3D bowls a strike with tough new AMClad 3D printing material

Freshmade 3D, a digital manufacturing startup based in Youngstown, Ohio, has released a new powder-based isotropic engineered particulate  composite (EPC) material that can be 3D printed into strong solid objects with a smooth finish.

The AmClad material has a tensile strength of 5,070 psi and a compression of 19,500 psi. In an interview at Youngstown’s Camelot bowling lanes, Freshmade 3D’s CEO Rich Wetzel stated that AmClad “is a material that has a lot of applications, different manufacturing and tooling applications, large sculptures and visual aids”.

AMClad used to 3D print busts of the children of Freshmade 3D's Christopher Tomko. Photo via Freshmade 3D.
AMClad used to 3D print busts of the children of Freshmade 3D’s Christopher Tomko. Photo via Freshmade 3D.

Showing its toughness

Freshmade 3D’s Brett Conner explained that the material was “Durable, scalable and it’s affordable…one way to show durability is to 3D print a bowling ball.” 

Conner added that if the material was durable enough to do be an effective bowling, then it could even be used in “composite layout tools and more simple applications like fixtures, jigs, and various manufacturing aids.”

Emphasising its affordability, Conner said, “we want to make sure that even as we get to larger parts, we remain an affordable we remain an affordable opportunity for manufacturers and architects”, signalling to the wide range of applications for the material.

Freshmade 3D’s Rich Wetzel bowling a strike with a bowling ball made of AMClad. Gif via R. Haria

More than just a bowling ball

One way in which the material can be used in so many ways is through the range of finishes, included metal plated, non-plated metallic texture, and a ready to paint surface.

Freshmade 3D is currently seeking a patent for its material and hopes to make it commercially available thereafter.

3D printing in the Rust Belt

Freshmade 3D is part of the Youngstown Business Incubator, an institution that previously worked with Youngstown State University in 2014 to bring 3D printing to steel foundries. The economically troubled city is also home to America Makes, the US National Additive Manufacturing Institute.

AMClad used to 3D print a replacement organ pedal. Photo via Freshmade 3D.

The material’s technical specifications

Flexural – 9,260 psi

Peak glass transition temperature (Tg) – 103°C

Compression – 19,500 psi

Accuracy – +/- 0.01mm

Build speed – 60-85 layers per hour.

Build volume -6ft x 3ft x 2ft

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Featured image shows a dragon 3D printed with AMClad, displaying a smooth polished finish. 

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