A new glass-filled polypropylene (PP) for 3D printing is designed to enable consistent production in structural and demanding applications using fused granulate fabrication (FGF) technology. Arnilene AM6001 GF (G) combines the mechanical, thermal, and chemical performance of glass-filled PP with the flexibility of a proven 3D process, said Royal DSM, which introduced the material yesterday.
Automotive, industrial, and infrastructure manufacturers looking to adopt additive manufacturing technology for low-volume or decentralized production are most comfortable using a material they are familiar with from traditional manufacturing, said DSM. PP is the second most frequently used polymer worldwide, and Arnilene AM6001 GF (G) stems from that base material. It has been optimized for FGF-based 3D printing and is suited for direct printing of structural, lightweight parts for automotive, infrastructure, and water management applications, as well as tooling, said DSM.
|Sewer manholes are one potential application for DSM's glass-filled polypropylene for 3D printing. Image courtesy DSM.|
DSM Additive Manufacturing experts worked with equipment partners to validate the material on closed- and open-chamber build printers. Its low carbon footprint, thanks to reduced energy consumption, and advantageous life-cycle assessment, inherent to PP chemistry, make it a sustainable solution, according to DSM.