Stratasys, one of the leading 3D printing companies in the world, announced a partnership with Solvay, the Belgian chemical company, to develop new high-performance polymers for FDM 3D printing technology. This announcement was made at the recently concluded RAPID+TCT 2019 event in Detroit, Michigan.
Stratasys launched its authorized materials partner program under which Solvay was selected as the first materials leader to develop new materials and expand the range of polymers initially for its StratasysF900™ 3D Printer.
Speaking on the new program and its partnership with Solvay, Rich Garrity, President, Americas, for Stratasys said, “Stratasys is committed to expanding our portfolio of advanced, specialized materials for high performance FDM printers – enabling manufacturers to readily use 3D printing for production applications. By combining our expertise with Solvay, customers can make use of a broad range of high performance applications – all while maintaining the level of quality and reliability expected from Stratasys high-performance FDM consumables.”
Under the new program, Solvay will gain access to exclusive tools and expertise from Stratasys to develop materials aligned with the company’s quality standards and performance benchmarks. While Stratasys has been successful in building advanced materials like FDM® Nylon 12CF, FDM® TPU 92A, and Antero™ 800NA PEKK-based material, it aims to extend its material offerings.
From the Solvay team, Christophe Schramm, Business Manager for Additive Manufacturing in Solvay’s Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit commented that, “With this strategic partnership, we are combining Stratasys’ leadership in fused deposition modelling 3D printing with Solvay’s leadership in developing high-performance, AM-ready materials for the most demanding applications in a large number of industries. This is fully in line with Solvay’s ambition to push the limits of high-performance additive manufacturing.”
Stratasys will guide Solvay’s selection and development of materials for Stratasys FDM printers.
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