Essentium, Inc., a global leader in industrial additive manufacturing (AM), has announced a collaboration with Braskem to provide manufacturers with a fully integrated AM machine and materials solution. This aims to unlock sustainable additive manufacturing at scale.
When the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE(TM)) 280i HT 3D Printer is combined with Braskem’s polyolefin materials, affordable, sustainable, and rapid volume production of 3D printed thermoplastic components becomes a reality.
Sustainable Additive Manufacturing
Braskem offers a one-of-a-kind line of recycled materials designed specifically for additive manufacturing solutions. Their recycled filaments are made primarily from recycled bottle caps and are available in both unfilled and carbon fiber-filled versions. For added strength and durability, the FL605R-CF carbon fiber-filled formulation incorporates both recycled bottle caps and 100% recycled carbon fibre.
These environmentally friendly filaments have distinct material properties such as low density as well as water, chemical, and impact resistance, making them an appealing material for a wide range of 3D printing applications.
“Our partnership with Essentium is a huge win for manufacturers worldwide. The fact that Essentium offers a high-speed, open platform means that manufacturers can now benefit from sustainable and responsible material options that are also extremely affordable. Together with Essentium, we are democratizing 3D printing and providing a competitive option to more industries,” said– Jason Vagnozzi, Global Commercial Director of Additive Manufacturing, Braskem
Together, Braskem and Essentium will be able to expand the capabilities of these materials by leveraging the advanced functionality of the Essentium HSE 280i, the first truly independent dual extrusion system (IDEX) that provides an open platform with precision control over printing conditions and high printing speeds, allowing for the rapid production of parts with repeatable results.
Blake Teipel, Ph.D., CEO, Essentium, said “With Braskem, we have a true partner who shares our commitment to developing sustainable solutions to accelerate industrial-scale additive manufacturing. Polyolefins are ideal for AM due to their recyclability, impact strength, chemical resistance, and durability. This makes them a great choice for automotive, aerospace, biomedical, and packaging applications. Our partnership with Braskem will empower manufacturers with integrated solutions as AM moves towards prime time in their industries.”
The partners are committed to delivering a full-service AM experience to bring this new level of capability and sustainability to customers.
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