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Solvay, L’Oréal, and Ultimaker organize third edition of the AM Cup

A 3D printing design challenge to integrate and accelerate today’s industrial manufacturing processes

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Solvay is partnering with L’Oréal, the world’s beauty specialist, and Ultimaker, an expert in professional 3D printing, to launch the third edition of its international AM Cup competition. The contest gives students, engineers, and manufacturers from around the world the chance to demonstrate their aptitude for 3D printing and create an innovative design for a 3D-printed real application.

Solvay has taken a lead in the rapidly evolving AM market and offers a growing range of specialty polymer filaments for applications in today’s most challenging industries.

“Solvay’s AM Cup was introduced to showcase Solvay’s array of AM ready filaments and their potential for diverse complex industrial uses,” explained Brian Alexander, AM Global Product & Application Manager at Solvay. “We are pleased to collaborate with L’Oréal who offer a tangible and challenging industrial application and partner with Ultimaker to 3D print our candidates’ designs for assessment. Solvay continues to build a robust and diversified AM ecosystem encompassing key partnerships in the value chain to offer our customers high-performance 3D printable polymers and meet the rapid developments of a once niche technology.”

This partnership aims to develop a real-world industrial application, revolutionizing production line agility, and further accentuates the importance of optimizing materials, hardware and processes together when designing a successful 3D printing project.

“L’Oréal has a long history of encouraging innovation and engineering excellence. With this competition, we are proud to continue this tradition, offering the possibility to tackle a real-world industrial problem using 3D printing to accelerate agility,” said Matthew Forrester, Head of Material Transformation & Recycling Science at L’Oréal.

The disruptive solutions offered by 3D printing technology enable complex geometric forms that cannot be made using conventional manufacturing technologies such as injection molding or machining, thereby accelerating the integration of 3D printing to greatly facilitate the manufacturing process.

“We are proud to support the Solvay AM Cup by offering our expertise and 3D printing facilities to help the young engineers turn their ideas into physical applications,” said Miguel Calvo, CTO at Ultimaker. “It is a fantastic initiative that enables young professionals and engineers to leverage the full Ultimaker ecosystem to design an application for L’Oréal that increases their productivity, and at the same time creates flexibility in their production line. Solvay’s high-performance AM-ready materials meet the needs of our customers’ most challenging applications.”

The material to be used has been specifically chosen from Solvay’s portfolio of high-performance filaments and powders for 3D printing comprising Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK), and Radel polyphenyl sulfone (PPSU) filaments, which include medical and carbon fiber-filled grades.

Candidates are invited to consult the competition details and register their interest in participating on Solvay’s AM Cup portal by Sept. 30, 2021, at the latest. The competition will start on Sept. 1, 2021, and run through to mid-November.

The winner will be announced in January 2022 and will receive a 5,000 EUR prize from Solvay to be reinvested in academic, societal, or entrepreneurial activities, an Ultimaker 2+ Connect printer, and a high-profile tour of L’Oréal’s production facilities.

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Andrea has always loved reading and writing. He started working in an editorial office as a sports journalist in 2008, then the passion for journalism and for the world of communication in general, allowed him to greatly expand his interests, leading to several years of collaborations with several popular online newspapers. Andrea then approached 3D printing, impressed by the great potential of this new technology, which day after the day pushed him to learn more and more about what he considers a real revolution that will soon be felt in many fields of our daily life.

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