KIMYA unveils new flame retardant material for 3D printing applications in the transport industry

KIMYA, an ARMOR GROUP company, has release a new high performance filament for use in the transport industry. Named Kimya PC-FR, the fire and smoke certified polycarbonate has fire resistant properties, and meets the certification standards of industrial applications.

The material completes a portfolio that includes the likes of PEKK SC, another flame retardant that meets the smoke/fire certification requirements. This material enabled to manufacture an obsolete part for the railway industry, that used to be produced using moulds in 1982.

As far as the new material is concerned, KIMYA explains that the ready-to-use fire-smoke polycarbonate plastic that can withstand temperatures up to 105ºC. Certified to EN45545-2 level HL1/HL2/HL3/R1 and R6, it is an ideal material candidate for applications in mass transportation (rail, aviation and naval).

Due to its specific technical characteristics, Kimya PC-FR is an ideal material for printing mechanisms and railway parts that are subject to high heat, such as runners to increase the wheel-rail adhesion of a train during emergency braking”, states Nicolas Morand, R&D, Innovation and Industrialization Manager at KIMYA.

There are currently over 25 KIMYA filaments including 10 technical filaments and 8 high performance filaments, available for commercialization through resellers across the world. With higher resistance levels and benefiting from physical-chemical properties, (such as resistance to high temperatures and warping), these engineering materials are notably suitable for applications in the railway, automotive and aviation industries, KIMYA notes.

However, to continue its growth on this market, the material producer will continue to seek for the qualification of its materials on third-party machine vendors.   Kimya PEKK-SC and Kimya PC FR are the latest materials that have been approved for use on Stratasys machines.

Thanks to our expertise in chemical formulation, we can create bespoke materials very quickly and ready to use products for any type of application, including food contact and Outdoor environments, including industrial sector applications subject to solvents or high temperatures”, comments Benoît Stoeux, Managing director at KIMYA.

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