RadiciGroup, one of the world’s leading producers of a wide range of polyamide polymers, launched Radilon Adline, a new line of filaments for 3D printing based on the Radilon PA6 polymers.
On the one hand, the rapidly evolving market of additive manufacturing and, on the other, the RadiciGroup High-Performance Polymers business area with its extensive experience in polymer compounding and recognized skill at optimizing materials to meet the requirements of various applications: those were the factors that brought about the development of Radilon Adline, a range of 3D printing filaments based on special polyamide grades from the Group’s Radilon family.
Radilon Adline products are characterized by their high performance and are suitable not only for prototyping but also for the manufacture of functional parts. They have also been tested with different open 3D printing systems to ensure the ease of material processing. “The technical requirements of additive manufacturing technology are special and not so simple to meet with semicrystalline polymers,” explained Chiara Devasini, marketing & development project leader of RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers. “That is why the entire first phase in the development of the 3D printing project was dedicated to identifying the polyamides meeting such requirements. Specifically, we opted to focus on materials for fused filament fabrication (FFF) and succeeded in developing high technical content products based on PA6/66 copolyamides with a fusion point of 195°C, which makes them suited to most 3D printers.”
As of today, the RadiciGroup portfolio comprises Radilon Adline CS and Radilon Adline CS CF. The former is a PA6/66 copolymer featuring high ease of use with 3D printing technology and good surface appearance; it ensures effective interlayer adhesion and low warpage. The CS CF version is carbon-reinforced, which not only ensures ease of printing but also provides the printed parts with higher performance in terms of modulus, stiffness and mechanical properties.
“Additive manufacturing is a rapidly evolving market,” Ms. Devasini continued. “Therefore, these first two grades will soon be followed by new materials with high technical performance and environmental friendliness, as well.” The goal of RadiciGroup High-Performance Polymers is the development of innovative materials with a greater focus on reducing environmental impact.
New Radilon Adline grades based on PA6 and polyamides obtained from renewable source materials are currently under development at RadiciGroup High-Performance Polymers. “Our sales team is at the full disposal of customers interested in purchasing Radilon® Adline filaments,” Ms. Devasini concluded. “Additionally, for the distribution of our filaments in Italy, we have established a partnership with additive manufacturing specialist Ciano Shapes, a company that immediately impressed us with its great professionalism and competence.