This week, we take a brief look at some new releases and announcements from materials company Royal DSM, 3D printer manufacturer Markforged and additive workflow software company Link3D.
DSM releases new flame retardant PA6/66 filament
Global science company Royal DSM has released a new flame-retardant filament: Novamid AM1030 FR. The material is the first UL Blue Card-certified filament for open systems and has applications in industries such as automotive and electronics.
Novamid AM130 FR is a PA6/66 filament with high performance characteristics including high impact strength and good heat and chemical resistance. The new flame-retardant version is also a non-halogenated material, making it an eco-friendly choice for an engineering plastic. The filament is certified as V0 at 1.6 and 3.2 mm and as V2 at 0.85 mm.
The UL certification was achieved based on a part 3D printed on Ultimaker’s S5 3D printer. This means that the UL Blue Card certifies the combination of the material and the 3D printer. As DSM points out, however, as Novamid AM1030 FR was designed for open systems, manufacturers using an open 3D printing system can utilize the new material.
“Moving additive manufacturing to full scale industrial production requires more materials that meet customer and market needs,” said Nirali Surati, Product Manager Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “This innovation in flame-retardant materials unlocks affordable 3D printing for applications that need to meet governmental and industry regulatory standards with regard to flammability.”
Link3D raises $7 million, eyes expansion
Additive workflow software developer Link3D has closed a $7 million venture capital funding round led by AI Capital. The money will enable the Colorado-based company to expand its business in the North American, European and Japanese markets.
As part of its growth, Link3D will integrate its flagship software product with IoT, AI and workflow automation technologies to increase and optimize production for end users. The company’s software facilitates AM workflow through smart tools like capacity management, dynamic scheduling and predictive QMS solutions. Ultimately, Link3D’s software is designed to enable end users to scale their additive manufacturing adoption.
“With this funding round, Link3D will continue to scale and grow operations in North America, Europe, and Japan by expanding our sales and customer support,” said Shane Fox, Co-Founder and CEO of Link3D. “The funding will also aid in our R&D efforts to introduce workflow automation and artificial intelligence within the additive manufacturing production environment. These developments will help organizations around the world unlock the true benefits of industrial manufacturing.”
“Link3D is a key player in providing MES and workflow solutions to leading businesses worldwide, making it a valuable addition to our growth-stage enterprise applied AI investment portfolio,” added Neville Teagarden, Managing Partner of AI Capital. “This successful round of funding is a testament to the strong impact Link3D has made thus far, and the confidence it has inspired throughout the industry.”
Markforged opens 25,000 square foot facility in Massachusetts
3D printer manufacturer Markforged has opened a new manufacturing facility in Billerica, MA, which will enable it to more than double its production capacity to meet the growing demand for Markforged 3D printing materials. Spanning 25,000 square feet, the manufacturing center currently hosts 35 members of staff and is expected to employ an additional 25 people.
Markforged has experienced significant growth in the past year: opening a European headquarters in Dublin as well as a new AI Innovation center in Cambridge, MA. The company has reportedly also ramped up its material production by 81% this year.
“With the significant growth of Markforged printers in the field, the consumption of our materials continues to increase at a rapid pace,” said Matt Gannon, Vice President of Operations at Markforged. “Our new facility in Billerica gives us the ability to meet the demands of today and operations for years to come. Billerica was the perfect choice for our expansion. The region is a hotbed for manufacturing and technology companies, and is strategically located with access to key partners and expertise to support the team.”