3D printing, an industrial evolution
Thanks to its expertise in polyamide powders, acrylate resins and high performance polymers, Arkema grows from strength to strength in 3D printing.
The global 3D printing market (also known as "additive manufacturing") reached e2.9 billion in 2014. The market is expected to grow by 20% per year until 2020. Professional and industrial applications account for 85% of the total market.
3D printing offers total freedom of design for complex parts and eliminates the need for molds, which are often time consuming and expensive to develop.
The resulting flexibility and time-saving also mean significant financial savings for design offices and industrial companies when it comes to producing prototypes and limited runs. 3D printing technology could totally revolutionize our methods of production and our consumer habits.
Chemical World Tour
As part of the 5th season of the Chemical World Tour, Léa, a student journalist, and Benoit, an engineering student, take us behind the scenes of 3D printing.
Orgasol®, Rilsan® et Kepstan® are making their mark
- Arkema is developing high performance materials for the main 3D printing technologies currently being used by professionals.
- The Group produces two ranges of fine polyamide powders that offer excellent mechanical properties for Laser Sintering, a manufacturing technique that uses a laser beam to fuse together thermoplastic powders layer by layer:
- Orgasol® Invent Smooth provides a smooth high quality finish, excellent detail and efficient recycling of leftover powder.
- Rilsan® Invent Natural, is 100% sustainably biosourced and can be used to create parts with unmatched mechanical properties.
Arkema is also working to develop a range of specific grade of Kepstan® PEKK powders, -an advanced performance polymer- that can be used in laser sintering processes to make parts exhibiting extreme toughness.
Prototypes, limited runs and spare parts are increasingly being produced using Laser sintering techniques in the medical sector (dental implants, orthotic devices, and surgical guides) and in industry (aerospace, automotive, sports, and equipment). Smooth finish, complex and mechanically resilient components: laser sintering is opening the way to unlimited creativity!
Sartomer's innovative resins for 3D printing
Sartomer manufactures and markets a complete line of innovative photo-curable resins designed for the 3D printing market. These innovative resins meet the specific demands of the photo-assisted 3D Printing manufacturing processes like stereolithography and material jetting.
N3xtDimension™ resins from Sartomer provide best-in-class performance for acrylate-based systems, delivering improved mechanical performance, faster cure, low shrinkage and robust quality to the printed parts. The result is the possibility of printing objects with specific mechanical characteristics mimicking thermoplastic properties.