At the recent formnext 2018 additive manufacturing event in Frankfurt, Germany, Solvay (Brussels) announced the addition of three medical-grade filaments to its portfolio of high-performance materials for premium additive manufacturing (AM) applications.
|Team Solvay at formnext 2018.|
The new materials—a neat KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) AM filament, a 10% carbon-fiber-reinforced KetaSpire PEEK AM filament and a neat Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) AM filament—are the company’s first medical-grade AM filaments for limited contact applications (meaning that they are suitable for contact with bodily fluids and tissue for less than 24 hours). All three grades are available in Europe and North America via Solvay’s ecommerce platform.
“The healthcare industry is quickly emerging as a leading market to benefit from AM technology, which makes customized parts for single use and low volumes possible,” said Christophe Schramm, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager at Solvay’s Specialty Polymers global business unit, in a prepared statement. “However, there is still a very limited choice of high-performance filaments that meet the stringent regulatory requirements in healthcare and this is the gap we want to close with our new selection of medical-grade products.”
Solvay said that its KetaSpire PEEK AM filaments are designed to enhance fusion of printed layers, part density and part strength, including along the z-axis. The Radel PPSU AM filaments also support fusion of printed layers in addition to providing transparency, elongation and toughness.