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SPECIAL SECTION Additive Manufacturing

this reversing arm was one of the
first parts repliform coated for
reinforcing purposes and increases
the part's durability by 20-fold.

day, the company serves customers
ranging from aerospace manufacturers and the automotive sector to companies that make fine art. No matter what type of customer it serves,
however, RePliForm concentrates on
providing solutions that change 3-D
printed components from relatively weak plastic parts to more robust
composite components. Thanks to
the company's technological edge and
unique expertise, Wise says, RePliForm occupies a strong niche within
the 3-D printing marketplace.
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Unique Position
Wise says RePliForm occupies a
unique place within the industry, as
it is one of the few companies that
performs electroplating on plastic
components and takes advantage
of the strength of the electroplated
coating. "We focus more on engineering solutions," he says. "There's
nobody else who really does that
aspect of it. Creep resistance improves dramatically, which is critical for photopolymer parts, there
is much higher impact strength,

wear-resistant surfaces and the
coating is an environmental barrier
which can make 3-D printed parts
moisture and heat resistance. NASA
has even flown 3-D printed parts on
the space shuttle and International
Space Station which were coated to
eliminate flammability of the base
resin as well as toxic outgassing in
case of a fire."
This helps RePliForm's customers
gain the fullest advantage from 3-D
printing, as they benefit from the
cost-effectiveness and efficiency


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