Polyurethanes produce protypes quickly.

Press Release Summary:

Parts-In-Minutes(R) polyurethanes are suitable for rapid production of prototypes and short-run parts. RP 6489 R/H is formulated to produce tough parts with polypropylene-like characteristics. It has heat deflection temperature of 185 deg F, nearly 200,000 psi flexural modulus, and can be demolded in less than 30 min. RP 6488 R/H for vacuum-casting machines performs like polyethylene and polyolefins. Three beta products are also available for testing.

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Vantico Introduces Five New Polyurethanes

Products Designed for Molding Polypropylene-like, ABS-like and Vacuum-cast Prototypes

EAST LANSING, Mich., April 29, 2002 - Five new Parts-In-Minutes(R) polyurethanes for rapid production of prototypes and short-run parts via automated mixing/dispensing and vacuum casting were introduced today by the RenShape(R) Solutions Tooling Group of Vantico A&T US Inc., at the Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2002 Exposition in Cincinnati.

RP 6489 R/H Parts-In-Minutes polyurethane is formulated to produce tough parts with polypropylene-like characteristics. It features a combination of high-impact strength and a high heat deflection temperature (185deg F/85deg C) with a nearly 200,000 psi flexural modulus, making it ideal for producing prototypes for crash testing as well as short-run functional parts. The Parts-In-Minutes polyurethane can be demolded in less than 30 minutes. A slightly longer pot life version for large parts will be available for beta-testing in June.

Also introduced for beta-testing are two ABS-like Parts-In-Minutes polyurethanes that exhibit a high flexural modulus and a heat deflection temperature of about 212 deg F (100 deg C) for molding durable prototypes and short-run parts.

The fifth new polyurethane, RP 6488 R/H, is Vantico's first product developed for use with the MCP line of vacuum-casting machines that will be distributed by Vantico in North America beginning June 1, 2002. The Parts-In-Minutes material performs like polyethylene and other polyolefins with a combination of extremely high impact strength (5 ft-lb./in.), a 200 deg F (93 deg C) heat deflection temperature and a 95,000 psi flexural modulus. It features a 15-minute work life and eight-hour demold time for producing large parts. If desired, parts can be cured at 120 deg F (49 deg C) to reduce demold time to one hour.

For more information about Vantico's new Parts-In-Minutes polyurethanes, contact: Joan Sheaffer, Vantico Inc., 4917 Dawn Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823, 517-324-1374, e-mail: joan.sheaffer@vantico.com.

Vantico's RenShape Solutions Tooling Group manufactures and markets a broad range of stereolithography materials, epoxies and polyurethanes for modeling, moldmaking, prototyping and forming initial parts to the automotive, foundry, aerospace and general manufacturing industries. The company has been a world leader in plastic tooling materials for more than 60 years.

Vantico employs approximately 2,800 people in over 30 countries with manufacturing sites in 16. The company, incorporated in Luxembourg, had sales of nearly $1B in 2001 and operates globally with three Divisions: Polymer Specialties, Adhesives and Tooling and Optronics.

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