AURUM™ ON THE MOON
THERMOPLASTIC POLYIMIDE UNLOCKING A NEW LEVEL IN 3D PRINTING
BIEGLO Group, with its American subsidiary BARplast LLC in Texas, is happy to support a project by innovative students of Engineering Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal. The project is carried out in collaboration with the Canadian Space Agency and the Research Center for High Performance Polymer and Composite Systems (CREPEC). The objective of this project is to design and demonstrate the use of a 3D printer mounted on a lunar rover. The 3D printer would be printing structures utilizing mainly in-situ resources such as regolith. BIEGLO Group is offering High Performance Polymer AURUM ™ to support this interesting space project. The mixture of regolith and AURUM™ would be used to create the printing material mixture required under harsh lunar environment.
AURUM ™ is a high heat resistant Thermoplastic resin produced by Mitsui Chemicals, Inc and marketed and distributed by BIEGLO in Europe and BARplast LLC in the USA. Some of the noteworthy features of AURUM ™ are high temperature stiffness with Tg=245 °C and excellent sliding properties. As AURUM™ has the highest class of glass transition temperature of any thermoplastic resin, the coefficient of expansion is stable up to 245 ℃ and can be controlled at an equivalent level to aluminium. AURUM also exhibits resistance to radiation, its stable coefficient of friction and low friction wear, making it resistant to abrasion caused by lunar dust. Moreover, it is exceptionally clean TPI with very small outgas properties.
This application of AURUM ™ as a part of mixture material with regolith will open up new avenues of research and development. Thus, adding a new and successful chapter in AURUM ™ application in 3D printing advancements.