Last week at Formnext we saw and learnt about a ton of new technologies and products in the additive manufacturing industry. And even though the event wrapped up on Friday, we’re still finding ourselves learning about more announcements and developments in the industry. Advanced materials manufacturer Arkema, for instance, was present at the event and showcased a range of specialty AM materials, including a few new ones.
The new products were introduced under Arkema’s 3D Printing Solutions platform, which was launched this past October with the express goal of developing specialty materials for a range of additive manufacturing processes. In other words, the company was presenting a broad array of materials, including UV curable resins, powders and filaments.
At the Frankfurt-based event, Arkema introduced new products in its N3xtDimension line of UV curable engineered resins. These products, presented through the company’s Sartomer business unit, were developed for printing parts with high definition and performances that meet various industrial requirements.
The specialized engineered resins, compatible with both DLP and SLA, offer a range of beneficial properties, including impact resistance, elastomeric recovery, flexibility and durability. Further, Sartomer’s website specifies they can even be customized.
The company also introduced Graphistrength C M17-20 at Formnext, a Kepstan PEKK based multi Carbon Nanotube masterbatch engineered to meet ESD properties in filament printing. Arkema also exhibited various parts printed from its Keptstan PEKK material, a high performance thermoplastic which has been adapted for both powder bed fusion and filament-based additive manufacturing.
Arkema and its partners also showcased its Rilsan bio-based fine polyamide powders, including the Rilsan polyamide 11 grades with added functionality. These material, exhibited by Advanced Laser Materials and Prodways Materials, offer good rigidity for high temperature applications and superior dimensional stability.
Lastly, Arkema also featured a unique selection of “tailor made monomers and oligomers” which allow for increased design freedom and customized properties, including impact resistance, greater flexibility, better transparency and more.