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Arkema Joins Ultimaker Material Alliance Program; Adds FluorX™ Filament to Cura’s Print Profile

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Parts printed with Kynar® PVDF will exhibit excellent resistance to harsh chemicals, high temperatures, and UV exposure.

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Above: Sample parts 3D printed in the new PVDF-based FluorX™ filament/Image Credit: Arkema

Arkema, the French specialty chemicals and advanced materials company, which offers world-class 3D printing materials like thermoplastics, powders and resins, announced that it has joined the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program. With this Arkema will bring a very high performance polymer, the new polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF)-based filament, to the program.

The Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) resins and copolymers by Arkema are designed for extreme inertness in harsh environments, flame & smoke properties, weather resistance, durability, and ease of processing which help them exhibit extreme performance.

Ultimaker’s Marketplace allows users to easily install print profiles that ensure high-quality 3D print results. With this announcement, the FluorX™ filament print profile is available to users of Ultimaker’s Cura, a free, print preparation software.

According to Guillaume de Crevoisier, global business director, 3D Printing Solutions by Arkema, “We are very excited to make this material available to Ultimaker’s thousands of users. FluorX™ filament, made with Arkema’s Kynar® PVDF, offers a new option for those requiring high quality technical parts for applications subjected to chemical, UV radiation, or flame exposure.”

Matt Howlett, president of 3DXTech LLC said, “FluorX™ filament customers, just like Arkema’s traditional Kynar® PVDF resin customers, expect the best possible performance from their materials. Having the print profile available in the Cura program is extremely helpful, especially for advanced semicrystalline materials.”

Parts printed with Kynar® PVDF will exhibit excellent resistance to harsh chemicals, high temperatures, and UV exposure. The parts also will exhibit strong flammability performance, opening up new 3D printed applications in automotive, industrial, and aerospace markets, such as jigs, fixtures, and short-run manufacturing components. 3D Printing Solutions by Arkema is unlocking the next revolution in manufacturing.

Kynar® is a registered trademark of Arkema Inc. while FluorX™ is a trademark of 3DXTech LLC.


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