Objet Geometries has just launched its TangoBlackPlus, a new material that allows designers and manufacturers to “create high-quality parts that more closely resemble a broad range of rubber products.”
TangoBlackPlus expands Objet’s existing Tango family of materials, building on the same mechanical properties of Objets’s TangoPlus, FullCure930, first launched in 2007. For those running Objet’s single material machines (the Eden machines), while for those using the multi-material Connex machine, a new Digital Material pack has been introduced that provides 18 new materials comprised of combinations of VeroWhite and TangoPlus or TangoBlack Plus (the Connex line of machines can mix materials to achieve the look and feel you’re looking for). the potential uses for this new material range from wires and cables, grips and handles, plugs and connections, shock absorbers, function buttons, gaskets and seals, among other rubber applications.
One key use for elastomeric materials is in the Footwear industry, where RP techniques are very commonly used to prove out sole designs. Steffen Scherer, Prototype Creation Technician at Adidas, commented that “The new Objet digital material pack allows us to achieve greater resemblance of our running shoe outsoles with an impressive touch and feel.”