Expanding its product portfolio in additive manufacturing further, Evonik – a pioneer in development of manufacturing of high performance materials and additives for 3D printing announced on Thursday that it has launched a new polymer powder that is well-suited for applications of 3D printing in higher temperature range or applications in demanding industries such as automotive and electronics.
Launched as a part of its polyamide 6 series, the new high-performance material has excellent chemical and temperature resistance. The new powder material is also known for its low water absorption – below 3 percent —, which has a positive effect on processability in 3D printing and the dimensional stability of printed 3D components.
With its nearly round grain shape, the new polymer powder in Evonik’s polyamide 6 series stands out for excellent flowability and application properties. These features make the powder well-suited for all powder-based 3D printing technologies.
The new high-temperature material has been developed by employing proprietary procedure of Evonik at the company’s Marl site.
“We are seeing strong demand for 3D solutions in high temperature range – for example in the automotive and electronics industries,” said Mark Zhao, Founder and CEO of TPM 3D Chinese Technology – the company that launched the new temperature-stable material together with Evonik.
Speaking about how the new material will move the 3D printing industry one step further, Zhao added, “New, ready-to-use materials that are optimally adapted to the individual printer and expand the range of application to higher temperatures move the 3D printing industry one step further toward series production.”
The launch of the new polymer powder only adds to the range of product portfolios of Evonik which has been known as a world leader for producing materials for additive manufacturing technologies. Some of the products developed by Evonik for additive manufacturing include PEEK filament, the polyamide 12 powders (PA 12), flexible PEBA powders and other range of additives such as dispersion agents, flow improvers or reactive modifiers.
The launch of the new material from Evonik is a further indication that innovation in 3D printing materials to increase the use of technology in demanding industrial environments is accelerating at a rapid pace. For example, recently, Desktop Metal also unveiled stainless steel material well-suited for 3D printing applications in harsh industrial environments such as the Oil & Gas Industry.