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Leading 3D printer OEM Stratasys has announced it has partnered with Belgian chemical company Solvay to help launch its newly established authorized materials partner program. The program is designed to expand upon the selection of high-performance polymers that are available to manufacturers using its FDM 3D printers.
Solvay has been selected as the first materials leader within the program, which Stratasys unveiled at RAPID + TCT 2019, and will begin developing new Stratasys-approved polymers for the F900 FDM 3D printer.
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“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,” commented Rich Garrity, President, Americas, for Stratasys.
“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.”
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The new F900 Production 3D Printer. Photo via Stratasys.
As part of the authorized materials partner program, Solvay will gain access to exclusive tools and expertise from Stratasys to develop new filaments for the F900 3D printer. The materials that Solvay produces are required to align with Stratasys’ quality and performance benchmarks, including highly repeatable properties for high-performance environments. Under the partnership, both companies will share an authorized partner materials roadmap to help guide Solvay’s selection and development of materials for the Stratasys F900 FDM 3D printer.
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Initially, the roadmap will begin with the development of a high-performance filament based on Solvay’s Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) meeting Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) 25.853 compliance requirements for use in aerospace applications. The new specialized Radel PPSU filament for the F900 3D printer is targeted for commercialization in 2020, and will be followed by additional materials meeting industry-specific needs in other additive manufacturing end-use markets from the companies.
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