NematX introduces Additive Manufacturing of liquid crystal polymers

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NematX, an industrial 3D printing startup that is exploring the use of liquid crystal polymers for additive manufacturing, announces the development of their flagship product: NEX 01. The high precision extrusion platform would produce end-use parts by meeting the highest industry standards.

The proprietary technology behind liquid crystal poylmers (LCP) for 3D printing is the «Nematic 3DP Technology». It was first introduced at Formnext 2020. The process aims to control the molecular alignment during the extrusion process by enabling parts with superior mechanical, thermal as well as chemical and biological properties.

«LCP has highly attractive properties for 3D printing but the market was lacking a product to optimally process our proprietary materials and to unlock their full potential” explains CTO and co-founder Silvan Gantenbein. For this reason, he and his team started to develop their own material extrusion platform NEX 01 – a comprehensive production solution with hardware and software to optimally match the materials to be processed. “With our decision to offer tailored hard- and software solutions for our materials, we did not take the path of least resistance” adds CEO and co-founder Raphael Heeb, “but thanks to our holistic approach, we have the chance to set new standards in polymer 3D printing by combining part performance with high manufacturing precision”.

The NEX 01 platform is designed to satisfy the requirements and needs of industrial companies in demanding markets. NematX uncompromisingly uses machine components and motion control systems that meet the highest industry standards. With their in-house developed 3D slicing software and proprietary LCP filaments, NematX enables serial production of complex technical products with industrial quality, a press release said.

Key features of the 3D printing platform NEX 01:

  • High accuracy motion control system
  • Micron-resolution slicing algorithms
  • Precise control of extrusion volume
  • Fully integrated process monitoring
  • Quick build plate exchange system
  • Maximum production throughput
  • Fully recyclable and reprocessable materials

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