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Solvay Adds High-Performance Polymers to e-Xstream Engineering’s Digimat Additive Manufacturing Simulation Software

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[penci_blockquote style=”style-1″ align=”none” author=”Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering “]As a result of our partnership, we bridge the gap in simulation engineering between high-performance polymers and demanding printing processes such as Fused Filament Fabrication[/penci_blockquote]

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Above: Solvay adds high-performance materials to e-Xstream’s Digimat additive manufacturing simulation software/Image Credit: e-Xstream Engineering


Solvay, the advanced materials and specialty Chemicals Company, added two high-performance materials to e-Xstream engineering’s latest release (2019.0) of Digimat®- additive manufacturing simulation software. The two new materials are a perfect addition to its materials range of the neat KetaSpire® PEEK AM filament already available for simulation on the Digimat®-AM platform.

The two new materials added to the additive manufacturing simulation software are 10% carbon fibre filled KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and neat Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) to the Additive Manufacturing Software.

Speaking on the new materials added to the additive manufacturing simulation software, Christophe Schramm, Additive Manufacturing business manager of Solvay Specialty Polymers, said, “Our growing range of AM filaments underscores Solvay’s determination to establish itself as an industry leader in this rapidly evolving market. Digimat®-AM allows customers to simulate the printing process and successfully predict the thermomechanical behaviour of 3D-printed designs in order to ‘print right the first time’.”

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These new materials will benefit from e-Xstream engineering’s Digimat®-AM Advanced Solver. This software offers highly accurate, predictive modelling data for Solvay’s AM filaments over a wide range of critical characteristics, including detailed warpage and residual stress, to help designers and engineers optimize the process and minimize part deformation before printing. For highly demanding applications, Digimat® further enables design validation by predicting the printed part performance (stiffness, strength, etc.) as a function of the material and the printing process parameters.

According to Roger Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering and Chief Material Strategist for MSC Software, “With the addition of Solvay’s new AM grades, we now have a wider portfolio of 3D printing grades in Digimat® to provide cutting-edge new materials to push the design and application boundaries in this dynamic market.

He added, “As a result of our partnership, we bridge the gap in simulation engineering between high-performance polymers and demanding printing processes such as Fused Filament Fabrication.”

About Solvay: Solvay is an advanced material and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing a chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability.

About Solvay Specialty Polymers: Solvay Specialty Polymers manufactures over 1500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, ultra-high performance aromatic polymers, and high-barrier polymers – for use in Aerospace, Alternative Energy, Automotive, Healthcare, Membranes, Oil and Gas, Packaging, Plumbing, Semiconductors, Wire & Cable, and other industries.


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