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Solvay has launched three speciality polymer filaments, the first products in a planned broader portfolio of filaments and powders designed specifically for high-end additive manufacturing (AM) applications.
Two of the three filaments leverage Solvay’s high-performance KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer: a neat PEEK product and a 10% carbon fibre-reinforced grade. Both filaments are designed to allow excellent fusion of printed layers, enable high part density and deliver exceptional part strength – including in the z-axis.
The third new filament is based on Solvay’s Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU). Also formulated to allow excellent fusion of layers, this high-performance PPSU material is said to offer high transparency, excellent elongation and superior toughness for 3D-printed parts.
Solvay is also developing an AM-ready powder based on its NovaSpire polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymer, which will target AM applications in aerospace and healthcare.
“Solvay’s new AM filaments signal an important convergence between additive manufacturing and speciality polymers technology, which is needed to deliver on the promise of high-end 3D printing,” says Christophe Schramm, Business Manager for Additive Manufacturing at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers business unit. “With today’s launch, Solvay is laying the foundation of its strategy to become the leading global supplier of advanced AM-ready polymer solutions for 3D printing technologies. We’re also collaborating with leading industry innovators in printing, process and design to develop new material solutions based on our speciality polymers portfolio.”
Solvay’s approach to the AM industry has also prompted the launch of a new e-commerce platform at www.solvayamshop.com. This is designed to provide a better customer experience to the fast-growing number of AM technology users by giving them direct and timely access to Solvay’s AM material solutions, as well as transparent pricing. The site will also serve as portal to a series of simulation, testing and prototyping services that leverage Solvay’s partner network and open ecosystem approach.
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