This year, Formnext will see the participation of some of the world’s leading chemical and materials companies. Read on to see what some of them will be bringing to the international trade show.
At this year’s Formnext, materials giant Evonik will be presenting its broad (and ever-growing) range of 3D printing materials. It will be the first time that the Germany-based company has showcased its high-performance AM materials at the international trade show.
As part of its presentation, Evonik will be launching a new material campaign for the additive market focused on “ready-to-use” plastics. As Thomas Große-Puppendahl, the head of the Additive Manufacturing innovation growth field at Evonik, explained: “Our concept comprises efficient coordination of materials and equipment, developed in close consultation with our customers. Our range of innovative high-performance materials will pave the way for industrial manufacturing of components with 3D printing.”
Evonik’s ready-to-use material development strategy is informed by the company’s extensive expertise in the 3D printing industry. In other words, Evonik knows what its customers in AM are looking for and is aiming to offer materials that fit the bill.
Among the materials to be featured at Formnext are a copolyester (a product of the acquisition of Structured Polymers by Evonik earlier this year); Polyamide 613, a new plastic powder characterized by good mechanical strength, chemical and temperature resistance, low water absorption (less than 3%), and a heat deflection temperature of 195°C; an implant-quality PEEK-based filament; and bioresorbable RESOMER filaments and powders for implantable medical devices.
At Formnext, Evonik will also be highlighting a number of strategic partnerships focused on material development. Notable partners include Cubicure and Voxeljet AG. “Our strategic focus is on developing and manufacturing ‘ready-to-use’ high-performance materials to meet the requirements of major technology lines. Close cooperation with our customers and partners is a prerequisite for advancing innovations,” added Große-Puppendahl.
Chemical company LEHVOSS Group will be presenting a range of 3D printing materials at this year’s Formnext, including its LUVOCOM 3F Filaments. The company will highlight four new materials optimized for FDM/FFF 3D printing, including a PA-based filament, a PET-based filament and two carbon-fiber-reinforced versions. In total LEHVOSS offers over 30 different LUVOCOM 3F branded filaments.
LEHVOSS will also be emphasizing an exciting partnership which will introduce new applications for its materials. The company is working with Ultimaker and TÜV SÜD to certify the use of its LUVOCOM 3F filaments for Ultimaker 3D printers and specifically the S5 Pro Bundle print system.
“A commitment such as this to a reproducible process and an established quality assurance system is the first step by filament and machine producers towards industrialization and scalability,” LEHVOSS said.
Finally, LEHVOSS will showcase its LUVOSINT TPU laser-sintering powder, developed for customizable insoles for footwear. The orthopedic material was developed in collaboration with and is distributed by Aetrex. LUVOSINT TPU is also notable for its Pantone color and optimization for EOS’ SLS 3D printers.
Dutch science company Royal DSM is introducing the UL Blue Card-certified flame-retardant material, Novamid AM1030 FR, an easy-to-use, flame-retardant material running in open system. The material is UL-certified as V0 at 1.6 and 3.2 mm, and as V2 at 0.85mm, for high-performance solution for applications in industries such as automotive and electronics.
The material was tested in a UL-certified lab with a part built on an S5 printer of DSM’s partner Ultimaker. The UL Blue Card certifies the combination of material and printer. However, as the flame retardant Novamid AM1030 FR is an open-systems material, any and all manufacturers with access to an open-platform, fused filament fabrication system are able to work with the new material.
DMS is also partnering with Twikit, a Belgian 3D software firm specializing in customization, to drive innovation in the AM industry as well as adoption. Through the collaboration, the companies will develop turnkey 3D printing solutions for three key industries: medical, automotive and apparel.
“Moving additive manufacturing to full scale industrial production requires more materials that meet customer and market needs. 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,” said Nirali Surati, Product Manager Additive Manufacturing at DSM.
DSM and Twikit have already started their cooperative effort, working to develop an end-to-end production workflow for customizable 3D printed orthotics and prosthetics. The general structure of the solution (as well as those designed for other industries) will consist of an initial 3D scan, product design, material optimization, testing and modeling.
In the automotive sector, DSM and Twikit will focus on customizable features for vehicles, such as dashboards, light covers, car seats and more. In the apparel segment, the partners will focus particularly on footwear, offering a solution for customizable insoles and soles.
“Our partnership with Twikit allows us to make significant advances in key sectors that stand to benefit from the wider-scale adoption of additive manufacturing. In healthcare, for example, 3D printed, made-to-measure prosthetics and orthotics will positively impact people’s lives across the globe,” said Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “Reinforcing our 3D printing ecosystem with experienced partners like Twikit enables us to offer customers not just materials, but also expertise and insights to translate market needs into total 3D printed solutions. By providing end-to-end solutions, we are able to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing at scale.”
*This article was modified on October 31st 2019 to add DSM’s new material.
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