Significant Momentum for Program Designed to Meet Global Demand for Industrial-Grade Engineering 3D Printing Materials
Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, announced at the recently concluded Hannover Messe, one of the world’s biggest trade fair, that the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program has now influenced over 80 companies worldwide to develop material print profiles for FFF 3D printing.
Ultimaker launched its Material Alliance Program in April 2018, exactly one year earlier, and in just these twelve months today, it has attracted a large group of leading material manufacturers to its program with the likes of Arkema, BASF, DSM, DuPont, Jabil, Lehmann&Voss & Co., Owens Corning and many other filament producers actively using the Print Profile Assistant provided by Ultimaker to more rapidly bring a wide variety of high performance FFF 3D printing materials to the professional market. As the material print profiles are set and standardized, they are made available for download in the Marketplace in Ultimaker Cloud.
Material is the obvious and the most important consideration for engineers when developing a product and determining the manufacturing process. The open material strategy from Ultimaker makes it possible to print applications with different materials with specific properties such as heat, impact and chemical resistance, flexibility, strength and more.
Speaking about the overwhelming response to the Material Alliance Program, Paul Heiden, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Ultimaker said, “We’ve seen an overwhelming amount of interest in the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program since its launch. In just twelve short months, we’ve worked with many global companies to unlock new applications and have produced some amazing results.”
He also added, “Professional users can now, for instance, select to print using a filament that is filled with metal to produce the same aesthetic effect as a more expensive metal system. As another outcome of the program, users can now select a material that is electrostatic discharge (ESD) safe, which allows engineers and designers in the electronics industry to fully benefit from desktop 3D printing.”
The Ultimaker Material Alliance Program was launched to address the growing demand for industrial-grade engineering 3D printing materials.