As part of the 25th European Conference on Additive Manufacturing, Agnès Harlay, doctoral student at ARMOR Group, has been awarded the first prize in the “My thesis in 180 seconds” category.
This recognition rewards her research work on thermoplastic elastomer materials dedicated to 3D printing. The pride is even bigger for the industrial group ARMOR that continuously invests in research and development, in particular through the support of doctoral students.
Agnès Harlay’s thesis is part of the process of bespoke design of filaments for 3D printing at ARMOR’s Kimya Lab. Specializing in the design of high added value 3D materials, ARMOR, through its Kimya additive manufacturing offer and its dedicated R&D site, uses its formulation expertise for developing solutions addressing technical industrial issues. It is therefore natural that the company has decided to fund and support Agnès Harlay’s research project for three years with the support of ANRT (CIFRE thesis).
“In recent years, improvements in printers and processes associated with changing print settings have significantly reduced the anisotropy of parts. Nevertheless, the properties of printed parts remain mainly dependent on the properties of the original polymers” explains Agnès Harlay.
“Creating new polymers with mechanical properties suitable for additive manufacturing is therefore a major challenge for filament manufacturers such as ARMOR” she adds. “Thus, in this thesis, a triple strategy is implemented to design thermoplastic elastomer filaments for additive manufacturing guaranteeing good nozzle flow and good inter-layer adhesion and therefore, more generally, good printability” she explains.
Expert in chemical formulation and high-precision coating, the industrial puts its historical expertise at the service of the development of innovative activities dedicated to industries of the future, such as additive manufacturing.
“A pioneer in the manufacture of carbon paper in France, ARMOR has never ceased to be driven by the energy of innovation throughout its existence. It is through our constant investments in research and development that we have been able to ensure our growth and strengthen our position as market leader. At ARMOR, we place socially responsible innovation at the core of our business model in order to provide concrete responses to society’s challenges” states Hubert de Boisredon, Chairman and CEO of ARMOR.
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