is part of the Informa Markets Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Can 3D Printed Plastics Really Replace Metal?

Article-Can 3D Printed Plastics Really Replace Metal?

Image courtesy of Evonik PEEK.jpeg
This video explores the possibilities of using plastics such as PEEK instead of metal.

We found a helpful discussion about using high-temperature 3D printing thermoplastics like PEEK and ULTEM as alternatives to metal.

A recent article in PlasticsToday showed how plastic gears molded of Vestakeep polyetheretherketone (PEEK) from Evonik are being used in automobile transmissions reportedly for the first time. To replace metal gears, Evonik developed a PEEK molding compound with the tribological properties and durability that can withstand the harsh environment of internal combustion engines. The component is manufactured by IMS Gear SE & Co KGaA and is used by Mercedes-Benz AG in various models.


TAGS: 3D Printing
Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.