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University of Exeter and Victrex optimize PAEK materials for EOS P 810

The university's CALM facility is one of the first to install the EOS P 810 3D printer

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The University of Exeter has announced the acquisition of a new EOS P 810 laser sintering system for high temperature polymers. Working in collaboration with high performance materials specialist Victrex, the English university will seek to optimize VICTREX PAEK polymers and composite materials for EOS’ additive manufacturing platform to unlock new industrial applications.

The new EOS P 810 3D printer is being installed at the University of Exeter’s Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM), which is one of the first facilities to operate EOS’ AM platform. The 3D printing hardware will enable the researchers to accelerate the optimization and commercialization of high performance materials for AM.

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EOS P 810 3D printer

EOS launched the EOS P 810 polymer 3D printer in 2018, bringing to market a system capable of printing high performance materials with melting temperatures of 300°C. Notably, the 3D printer is well suited for printing low-melting-point PAEK polymers, such as those developed for AM by Victrex. The production-grade printer also boasts a build volume of 700 x 380 x 380 mm, enabling the production of large-scale parts or multiple-part batches.

Last June, one of the first EOS P 810 systems was acquired by Dedienne Multiplasturgy Group, a French company specializing in the design and manufacture of high-performance plastic and composite technical parts. Now, the University of Exeter has joined the French company as one of the few to operate EOS’ high performance polymer system.

“We can now further our research by utilizing the next generation of high temperature systems, the EOS P 810,” said Professor Oana Ghita, the lead of CALM at the University of Exeter. “The new equipment allows us to link the fundamental research with the commercial manufacturing process, to optimize the materials and their application, while accounting for the new thermal, optical, and mechanical upgrades and providing us with accurate insights into the detailed dynamics of laser sintering.”

Ian Smith, Director of Innovation at Victrex, added: “This is an exciting milestone in our collaboration with the University of Exeter, which we announced in 2018, creating an effective eco-system to accelerate the commercialization of AM materials for performance parts to meed customer needs.”

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Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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