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    3D Printer Tube Connectors & Couplings

    3D printing is central to the additive manufacturing process. It produces objects from digital designs by layering additive materials to build a 3D object. There are seven different categories of 3D printing technology and an expanding number of material types and machine options. Depending on the application, 3D printing uses a wide variety of materials including metal alloys, thermoplastics, thermoset polymers and composites.

    Making 3D Printing Equipment More Convenient to Use

    CPC has a wide variety of quick disconnect couplings to make your 3D print applications easier, faster, and cleaner. We have a solution to help OEMs make equipment easier to use — from valved couplings that enable easy, drip-free material reloading and RFID technology that authenticates and protects consumable revenue streams to products that ensure fast service and maintenance of tubing in machines. 

    7 Categories of 3D Printing

    1. Vat photopolymerization
    2. Material extrusion
    3. Material jetting
    4. Binder jetting
    5. Powder bed fusion
    6. Direct energy deposition

    What Can 3D Printing Help Accomplish?

    • Reimagine products with complex, radical new designs
    • Engage in multiple design cycles to quickly accelerate and test design concepts
    • Reduce the costs associated with the production and storage of spare parts by producing parts locally on demand
    • Produce low-volume components that are traditionally expensive to manufacture, stock and replace
    • Customize and print with fewer components and with less waste to operate more sustainably

    Unique Benefits of CPC RFID-Enabled 3D Print Couplings

    • RFID-enabled to control, protect and streamlining fluid handling processes
    • Improved quality control helps protect associated revenue streams
    • Identifies device type or connected media, verifies line connection accuracy
    • Instant connections to bulk packaging systems including bag-in-boc (BIB)
    • Automatic flush face valves minimize costly or dangerous spillage
    • Ergonomic design and a large, shrouded thumb latch pad
    • Universal connection to a 38mm fitment neck



    Integrated 3D Printer Connectors Simplify Changing and Tracking Manufacturing Materials

    Proprietary materials are becoming more important to developing higher-performing parts and enabling the production of end-use parts. CPC Universal Disconnect Couplings with integrated RFID technology help 3D printing equipment manufacturers protect their revenue stream by preventing the use of unauthorized materials and authenticating the use of proprietary or certified materials. The RFID technology is seamlessly integrated into the connection point, so it automatically reads as containers are loaded into machines, providing an expanded menu of data reading options, from level sensing to eliminate the unauthorized refilling of containers to accurate material validation

    CPC Quick Disconnect Couplings Enhance 3D Printer Maintenance and Serviceability

    3D printing materials with high-performance fillers ― such as carbon fiber, glass, and others ― are abrasive and cause tubes to fail much faster. With quick disconnect connectors from CPC, equipment technicians can perform quicker, easier maintenance of the 3D printer tubing that protects the materials from humidity and moisture.

    How can the HFC35 series improve 3D printing?

    • Large bore, high flow options for use with viscous materials
    • Enables faster, easier maintenance of 3D printing tubing
    • Facilitates quick tubing changeover for different build materials
    • Offers an ergonomic design and a large, shrouded thumb latch pad
    • Features physical strength and chemical resistance
    • Withstands harsh environments and harmful rays without affecting performance

    3D Printer Connectors Deliver Faster, Easier Consumable Loading

    CPC offers a wide range of highly engineered, specialized 3D printer tube connectors that enable easier clean material changes and refills by reducing drips and spills, avoiding exposure to harmful chemicals.

    Trusted Reliability

    CPC quick connectors and couplings are designed to easily handle the wide variety of additive materials used with 3D printing equipment. CPC 3D printer tube connectors are often a critical component since they facilitate the quick and easy adding of build materials to the printer. 

    Dependable Durability

    Built to manage the wide range of additive materials used by 3D printer equipment, CPC connectors deliver optimized flow rates with excellent flow to size ratio for superior performance. CPC 3D print couplings feature a non-spill, closed-system design to ensure mess-free, drip-free disconnects necessary for efficient reloading of consumable materials, especially when handling potentially hazardous chemicals. Using CPC connectors helps increase ease of use, minimize operator error and maximize equipment up-time — all important factors in the drive toward increasing the viability of 3D printing for production environments.

    Robust By Design

    Meeting the diverse types of 3D printing categories, CPC tube connectors come in an expanding variety of sizes, termination options and materials. A broad range of configurations are available to meet specific 3D printer equipment requirements. All CPC connectors and couplings are rigorously tested including materials testing, product testing and torture testing  —  to meet strict product specifications.

    Straightforward Serviceability

    When your 3D printing system needs maintenance, CPC’s thumb latch ensures intuitive and rapid disconnections. Designed for ease of serviceability, CPC drip-free nonspill disconnect couplings allow safer and quicker repair to get 3D printing equipment back up and running. 

    Connection Assurance

    CPC connectors and couplings deliver single-handed operation along with the audible CPC click to assure equipment technicians know when the build material tubing lines are connected. With a low force to connect, CPC 3D printer tube connectors make it simple to ensure a complete connection.

    Assurance of Supply

    CPC has a proven track record of providing products consistently to their stated specifications and quality requirements through having a strong supply assurance program. The program includes control of the manufacturing process from raw materials to final product manufacturing.

    From the CPC Knowledge Center

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