Carbon describes its new material as its fastest-printing, chemically resistant high-temperature resin.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—Carbon, a product development and manufacturing technology company, recently released a new, high-performance rigid material for use on the company’s  idea-to-production platform.

Carbon’s EPX 150 material reportedly enables new capabilities in applications requiring high temperature and chemical resistance, such as electrical connectors, spray nozzles, and autoclavable medical devices. The material is now available in Europe and North America, the company said in a release.

According to Carbon, EPX 150 offers better temperature and chemical resistance than its EPX 82, and better toughness and overall usability than CE 221. Its thermal performance includes a heat deflection temperature (0.455MPa) of 155° Celsius and capability for extended use at 125° Celsius. Described as Carbon’s fastest-printing high-temperature resin to date, it is designed to print complex features at faster speeds, making it suitable for parts with fine features and stringent tolerances.

“Designers and engineers need materials that provide the combination of accuracy, repeatability, and throughput to produce the many complex parts they are designing at scale,” said Carbon Senior Vice President of Materials Jason Rolland, in the release. “EPX 150 provides that. With EPX 150 and Carbon’s technology, we’ve created a manufacturing-ready additive process with materials that are able to match the capabilities of high-performance thermoplastics.”

According to Rolland, that process “will enable prototyping and manufacturing to be done on a consistent platform, accelerating the product development timelines and reducing the cost.”

With the addition of EPX 150 to Carbon’s idea-to-production platform, users have a combination of high-performance material properties, excellent resolution, and attractive economics to make the production of complex, rigid parts achievable in shorter times, without molding investments, Carbon said in the release.

For medical applications, EPX 150 is reported to be capable of withstanding more than 250  cycles of steam sterilization autoclave, with no significant mechanical and visual changes. The material has a low dielectric constant and loss factor suitable for advanced electronic applications, and it offers exceptional chemical resistance at elevated temperatures for automotive and industrial applications, the company said.