3DGence has announced the expansion of Additive Manufacturing applications for PAEK based materials on its industrial 3D Printer F340. The Polish manufacturer adds the material Kimya PEKK-A to the materials portfolio that can now be processed on its 3D Printer.
AM Material Kimya PEKK-A has been launched last year at Formnext 2018. The AM brand of ARMOR Group collaborated with Arkema to develop this material. Arkema Kepstan PEKK Resin has been added in the manufacturing of this material.
“Kepstan ® PEKK has a unique combination of strength, toughness, low flammability and easy processing that make it the ideal material for the most demanding applications. Arkema has a global network for technical support and has recently expanded its Kepstan ® PEKK production with a new facility near Mobile, AL. says Roderick Reber, Staff Technical Service Engineer, Arkema Inc.
According to Nicolas Morand, RDI & Industrialization Manager at ARMOR Group, the material integrates a slower crystallization ratio, which leads to more effective adhesions. Furthermore, it is acknowledged for its high resistance to high temperatures (260°C), and its ability to receive other functionalities.
“Adding this new material profile for use on the 3DGence INDUSTRY F340 will allow enterprises from Aerospace, Automotive, and many other industries to produce complex parts from PEKK. We are very pleased that we could increase the functionality of our Industrial 3D printer with Kimya’s high-performance material. This would not have been possible without the collaborative effort of these three companies”, says Mateusz Sidorowicz, Marketing Manager from 3DGence.
Finding the ideal compatibility
Soluble support material is certainly a great advantage for high-strength 3D prints. However, all solutions are unfortunately not compatible with all technical materials. Compatibility between the soluble support material and the materials used remains crucial to keep the desired properties of the printed part.
When used with high-temperature materials, 3DGence soluble material ESM-10 enables the creation of openwork and very thin-walled models, as well as 3D prints with engineered voids. According to the FDM specialist, combining those two materials enables new possibilities for ready-to-use PEKK 3D Printed parts.
We now look forward to discovering the industrial applications that result from this partnership. Applications that will bring real savings in terms of cost, time and function.
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