Stratasys, a global leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, has chosen KIMYA, an ARMOR company, to provide Stratasys Validated materials for its FDM® technology-based systems, which were previously closed to third-party filaments. Stratasys’ integration of KIMYA into its ecosystem provides its customers with a wider range of materials, greater flexibility, and the ability to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing into their manufacturing processes.
Two new Kimya Stratasys Validated materials
KIMYA, an expert in custom 3D material formulation and the production of finished parts with utility value, now offers two new materials to Stratasys’ industrial customers: an EN45545–2 certified polycarbon filament (Kimya PC-FR) and a polyetherketone filament made from Arkema’s KEPSTAN® (Kimya PEKK-SC). These two materials will be available for purchase in the second half of 2022 and will be used primarily in the rail and oil industries.
“We are expanding our ecosystem of materials to offer our customers a wide range of 3D printing technologies and solutions, while ensuring our customers maintain the utmost confidence in the performance of these filaments. That’s why we partner with excellent companies like KIMYA, whose expertise in custom 3D material formulation includes the production of finished parts with use value.”– Adam Pawloski, Vice President of Manufacturing Solutions at Stratasys
These initial materials mark the start of what both companies hope will be a long-term collaboration to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing at the production scale. Stratasys and KIMYA have also launched a research and development programme with the goal of bringing new co-branded filaments to market by spring 2023. KIMYA, for example, brings unique expertise in the formulation of recycled 3D materials that could be used in the collaboration.
“We are delighted to see the expertise of KIMYA’s teams recognized by the world’s leading polymer 3D printing solution provider. Together, we will be able to offer manufacturers new innovative and high-performance materials capable of meeting an ever-growing number of applications. This partnership reflects our common vision of the market, which is to accelerate the transition of additive manufacturing to production scale through the creation of a strong ecosystem. The partnership is the outlight of KIMYA’s vision of the essential role of industry, and more specifically of 3D printing, in today’s world: to produce just, without wasting resources, as close as possible to the needs of the market” concludes– Pierre-Antoine Pluvinage, Business Development Director at KIMYA
Additionally, by obtaining a Stratasys Open Materials License, KIMYA will be able to work directly on the printing parameters of Stratasys printers in order to develop new custom materials.
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