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Essentium, eSUN, and Polymaker Commit to Ultimaker Material Alliance Program at TCT Asia

desktop 3D printing
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Above: From left to right: Jos Burger, CEO Ultimaker, Dr. Blake Teipel, CEO Essentium, Dr. Yihu Yang, CEO eSUN, Dr. Xiaofan Luo, President Polymaker, Benjamin Tan, VP APAC Ultimaker/Image Credit: Ultimaker

Ultimaker, one of the global leaders in desktop 3D printing, announced that EssentiumeSUN, and Polymaker have joined the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program. This was announced at the ongoing TCT Asia 2019 event in China. Their alliance further expands the choice of materials and applications for FFF 3D printing in a wide variety of industries.

It is a known fact that China has the largest electronics market in the world. For the engineers in this industry to benefit from the from FFF 3D printing, the materials must be electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe so that they are suitable for electronics manufacturing. By formulating such ideal print profiles and making them available in the Ultimaker Marketplace, the engineers and designers can seamlessly use Ultimaker’s desktop 3D printing solutions to the electronics industry’s benefit.

At Essentium we are committed to creating industrial solutions for the world’s top manufacturers and bridging the gap between 3D printing and machining. We have partnered with BASF, the world’s largest chemical producer, to create the Ultrafuse-Z line, which is a series of ESD safe filaments that are powered by Essentium. We offer material print profiles for Ultrafuse-Z PCTG in the Ultimaker Marketplace, an industrial grade filament that is specifically formulated to be ESD safe.

Dr. Blake Teipel, CEO at Essentium

Speaking on the topic of recycling and use of renewable resources, Dr. Yihu Yang, CEO at eSUN said, “We are specialized in the industrialization of biodegradable polymers. We are delighted to join the Ultimaker Materials Alliance Program with material print profiles of PETG, ePA-CF, and HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene), since it allows us to speed up the development of eco-friendly 3D printed products by using renewable resources.”

Polymaker President, Dr. Xiaofan Luo, present at the announcement commented, “FFF 3D printing remains the most practical and accessible of all 3D printing technologies. The three materials we offer via the Ultimaker Marketplace, including PolyMide™ PA6-CF, PolyMide™ CoPA, and PolyCast™, are among the most unique and advanced materials in our portfolio. I believe they will open up countless new applications for a greater number of engineers.”

Lastly, Ultimaker CEO JosBurger, said, “The growing importance of 3D printing gives us – as a leader in desktop 3D printing – an important role in ensuring a perfect collaboration between hardware, software, and materials. By offering material profiles directly to millions of end users via the Ultimaker Marketplace, we unlock new 3D printing applications for different industries. Essentium, eSUN, and Polymaker and are well-respected material companies, offering unique material properties that are relevant for engineers working in a wide range of industries. I am proud to recognize their commitment to the Ultimaker Material Alliance during TCT ASIA.”


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