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High performance filaments developed for 3D printing

April 6, 2016

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High performance filaments developed for 3D printing

DSM is partnering with plastics distributor Nexeo Solutions to bring new, high-value, performance filaments to customers who carry out 3D printing using fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology. The company has developed two special polyester and polyamide filament grades, Arnitel ID and Novamid ID, that reportedly demonstrate unique material performance in relation to the market’s current offerings of filaments made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polylactic acid (PLA) resins.

New filament materials fill a void in the market for demanding applications in auto and elsewhere.

Arnitel ID is a highly flexible thermoplastic copolyester widely used in electronics, sports and other high-end applications. It is a filament with excellent UV and chemical resistance compared to other flexible polymers such thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs), and which reaches elongation at break up to 400%.

DSM drew on its extensive knowledge of the wire and cable industry to develop Arnitel ID, which exhibits no buckling and offers a higher print speed than existing thermoplastic elastomers in the market. It also exhibits unparalleled layer-to-layer adhesion when compared with the available ABS, PLA and TPU filaments in the 3D printing market.

Novamid ID is a polyamide originally developed as specialty product line to meet the high service-level demands of the automotive and electronics industries. Novamid ID is a very ductile and strong polymer that can withstand harsh environments and high temperatures of up to 150°C. It offers excellent layer-to-layer adhesion, strength and toughness compared to other 3D printing materials. The high crystallinity of the polymer allows for designs with overhangs.

Building on the experience in the 3D printing market, DSM now offers an end product as a filament, instead of its typical raw materials in the form of plastic granules. The partnership allows the two companies to leverage their respective strengths – DSM’s deep materials technology and application know-how, with Nexeo’s extensive global distribution network and strong customer relationships.

Both companies believe that this product launch will boost the 3D printing sector by offering best-in-class filaments that fill a void in certain demanding markets where some material requirements have been lacking. “The 3D printing sector, and particularly its FDM segment, represents an exciting, high-growth market with huge potential,” notes Fredric Petit, Global Business Director at DSM. Meanwhile, Gianpaolo Armando, VP EMEA at Nexeo, adds: “Our customers will have access to a brand new range of products specifically developed for 3D printing.”

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