Formnext 2022 sets the stage for high-performance, more sustainable material solutions by ARKEMA

Arkema, a French chemical and material company, has launched two new custom formulations that are high-performance to expand its UV-curing range at Formnext 2022. 

N3D HITEMP062, which is a hybrid high temperature material with toughness and N3D – CAST063, which is a high-resolution material offer a matte surface that allows details to be visible and a melting behaviour during burnout for high quality castings. Arkema claims that it has added an elastomeric material to its portfolio of engineered resins. It offers a balance between elongation at break of 170%, and tear strength 33 kN/m.

Liquid resins for UV-curing. Image via Arkema.
Liquid resins for UV-curing. Arkema.

Partnerships with EOS or Stratasys

Arkema displayed new powder bed technologies at Formnext 20,22. This was led by top brands like Kepstan PEKK high -performance thermoplastic, and Rilsan biobased polyamide.

Arkema and EOS have announced the launch of the new carbon-neutral PA1101 in the context of their ongoing partnership on responsible production. To meet the requirements of high-temperature applications in the Oil & Gas and Electrical & Electronic markets, Arkema and EOS are expected to unveil a novel Kepstan PEKK powder for the EOS P 810 system, that offers higher ductility, higher recyclability, and excellent electrical insulation.

Arkema also announced the launch Kimya Kepstan 3D filament on Stratasys validated material ecosystem. The system was developed with partners Kimya Kepstan and Stratasys with a dedicated range of advanced polymers to extrusion printer technologies. According to Arkema, this high-performance thermoplastic filament “exceeds expectations” in the harshest industrial environments, for instance, end-use Oil & Gas applications such as backup rings.

Powder bed fusion technologies, led by flagship brands such as Rilsan® bio-based polyamide and Kepstan® PEKK high performance thermoplastic. Image via Arkema.
Powder bed fusion technologies, led by flagship brands such as Rilsan® bio-based polyamide and Kepstan® PEKK high-performance thermoplastic. Arkema.

Future partnerships and innovations

Arkema and Continuous Composites co-developed two original, fully formulated materials that are now available exclusively for Continuous Composites’ CF3D Enterprise system. The PolyMatTM Tg product can be used for printing continuous glass or carbon fibers, resulting in lightweight, high temperature constructions. Carbon Bonded Carbon precursor pieces for ultra-high temperatures applications are made from ceramic Carbon/Carbon resin.

Arkema’s collaboration with BCN3D to develop resins for their VLMTM 3D printing system is aimed at the industrial, transportation, consumer, and sporting goods markets.

Arkema’s 3D used printed parts and powders recycling solution Virtucycle program is being offered interested to consumers by HP. The Virtucycle program provides eco-design expertise, recyclability and recycling guarantees, and recycled high-performance polymers to Arkema’s polymer customers and downstream users.

3YOURMIND, an on-demand manufacturing software provider, and Arkema have also revealed the launch of ‘Easy 3D’,  an online digital platform that links Arkema customers to suppliers that provide Arkema materials. Engineers who use this platform are given access to Arkema’s material suggestions, which assist in decision-making and part application development for on-demand manufacturing.

Elsewhere, Arkema has joined Replique‘s material partner network. Replique, an additive manufacturer company, enables manufacturers to move from a physical inventory to a digital one and provides worldwide spare parts upon demand.

In additive manufacturing, sustainable materials

EOS, the powder bed-fusion (PBF3) 3D printer designer, and Siemens, the industrial manufacturing company, recently launched new sustainable 3D print powders and applications at Formnext. EOS has launched two eco-friendly materials, while Siemens has demonstrated the impact 3D printing has on the footprint automotive grippers. Previously powered by gasoline, the company’s carbon-reduced PA 2200 now emits nearly 45% less CO2. EOS also released a PA 1101 which is climate neutral and bio-based, without sacrificing quality.

Tvasta Manufacturing Solutions, located in Chennai, began work with India Cements earlier to create a novel, sustainable construction 3D printer material. As part of a ‘strategic collaboration’ agreement, the companies agreed to exchange technologies and conduct joint R&D in order to develop a novel, eco-friendly cement formulation. After working together on Indian Air Force projects and private projects, the companies wanted to expand their collaboration in order to make Indian construction more resource-efficient.

Braskem, Brazil’s petrochemical firm, has launched its first 3D printing filaments. This new range includes three filaments made from biobased ethylene vinylcetate (EVA), PET (recycled polyethylene) and PP (polypropylene). It was on display at the RAPID + CT trade show in Detroit. Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem’s Global Commercial Director of Additive Manufacturing said, “Braskem has a longstanding history of innovating and producing more sustainable bio-based polymer 3D printing filaments reaffirms our commitment to a more circular, carbon-neutral future.” 

For all details, follow this link Formnext news 2022.

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Feature image shows Arkema’s headquarters in Colombes, France. Arkema.

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