Delta Equipement, a French supplier of automation, robotics and additive manufacturing technology, announced at the 3D Print Lyon 2018 congress and exhibition (Hall 1, Booth E21-F22) that it will partner with Solvay to offer advanced additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for demanding high-performance applications. Key to this partnership, Solvay will supply Radel polyphenyl sulfone (PPSU) and KetaSpire polyetherether ketone (PEEK) filaments, including carbon fiber filled PEEK grades, for use on Delta Equipement’s Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) systems.
“Solvay recently introduced its first AM-ready high-performance polymer materials for use with innovative 3D printing techniques such as FFF,” says Christophe Schramm, Business Manager AM for Solvay’s Specialty Polymers GBU. “Partnerships such as the one with Delta Equipement are part of our strategy to develop and become a world-wide leading supplier of advanced AM-ready polymer solutions for 3D printing technologies. Together, we will work to deliver next-generation processes and solutions combining Delta Equipement’s custom-tailored 3D printing knowledge with Solvay’s expertise in high-performance filaments.”
Designers in France, and worldwide, are rapidly adopting AM technologies such as FFF, which offers significant benefits in terms of manufacturing flexibility and cost reduction. At the same time, high-performance specialty polymer filaments open new opportunities for applications with demanding mechanical and thermal requirements that exceed the capabilities of existing commodity filaments. There is a growing demand for comprehensive equipment, processing and material expertise to leverage this potential.
“3D printing is a disruptive technology that requires new system solutions to exploit its full innovation potential,” adds Yves Daunas, Founder and President of Delta Equipement. “Based on our extensive experience in motion control and robotics, we work with our customers across many application markets to develop higher-performing parts. Solvay’s new offering of PEEK and PPSU filaments and strong materials know-how have an ideal fit in our on-going strategy.”
Delta Equipement, headquartered at La Garenne-Colombes near Paris, specializes in the development and supply of automation, industrial robotics and additive manufacturing systems. Building on over 40 years of experience in automation and motion control solutions, the company has continuously expanded its product and service portfolio to meet the unique needs of customers with systems from simple pneumatic distributors to complete manufacturing cells. Today, its Equipment, Robotics and 3D Print divisions serve customers in a wide range of industries worldwide, including aerospace, defense, automotive and medical.
Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 26,800 employees in 61 countries.