3D Printing News Roundup: Solvay, Verbatim, Robo 3D, Siemens

3ders.org | 9/12/2017 | Staff
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Today’s 3D printing roundup includes news from Belgium, where chemicals company Solvay has announced plans to produce PEKK polymers for 3D printing in the US. Elsewhere, Germany’s Verbatim has a new TPEE material, while Robo 3D is raising money for a 3D printer pre-order pipeline.

We’re starting today’s roundup in Belgium, where chemicals specialist Solvay said on Monday that it plans to start producing polymers for aerospace and 3D printing. In particular, the company says it will start producing polyetherketoneketone polymers, or PEKK, in the United States early next year.

PEKK - Printing - Aerospace - Industry - Areas

PEKK will be used for 3D printing in the aerospace industry, as well as in other areas, and Solvay’s product could be on the market by the first quarter of 2018. The material will be produced in Augusta, Georgia, under the brand name NovaSpire.

"This new capacity will address fast-growing demand for thermoplastic composites and 3D printing components in aerospace and in other markets," said Roger Kearns, member of Solvay's executive committee.

Solvay - Experience - Aerospace - Manufacturing - Products

Solvay has experience combining aerospace and additive manufacturing, having contributed products to an Oxford Performance Materials project for Boeing earlier this year.

Solvay isn’t the only company announcing material news this week, with Germany’s Verbatim simultaneously announcing the release of its flexible black PRIMALLOY 3D printing material, a new color option for PRIMALLOY customers.

PRIMALLOY - Verbatim - Parent - Company - Mitsubishi

PRIMALLOY, developed by Verbatim and parent company Mitsubishi Chemical, is a thermoplastic ester elastomer (TPEE) that purportedly delivers improved flexibility and rubber elasticity compared to standard TPE materials.

Verbatim says the 3D printing material provides high-performance characteristics “in terms of mechanical strength and resistance to oil, base, solvents, chemicals, flex fatigue, and heat.” The material also offers low-temperature properties and is suitable for outdoor applications thanks to its high level of hardness stability across a wide temperature range.

Customers - Version - PRIMALLOY

“Customers have been pushing us to launch a black version of our popular PRIMALLOY...
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