Apr 19, 2016 | By Tess

Sinopec Baling Petrochemical Company, one of China’s leading oil and gas companies, has recently signed a Cooperation Framework Agreement with Farsoon High-Technology Co., Ltd., to develop and create a number of new innovative 3D printing materials, including powder elastomer materials and SLA epoxy resin, as well as new 3D printing devices. Farsoon, a total solution supplier of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and Melting (SLM), will focus on the development of new 3D printing devices, while Sinopec Baling Petrochemical will be in charge of the development of the new 3D printing materials. Together, the companies are hoping to advance additive manufacturing technologies as well as promote innovation in the field.

In terms of the types of 3D printing materials Sinopec Baling Petrochemical will be developing, they have said they will use synthetic rubbers, epoxy resin, and a variety of nylon materials to develop a new thermoplastic elastomer. Additionally, the company will begin the research and development of a new UV curable photosensitive resin to be used in 3D printing, as well as a nylon developed for use in the automotive industry, a polyamide elastomer, epoxy curing agents, and an epoxy carbon fiber composite.

Farsoon High-Technology for its part, will work on developing new selective laser sintering 3D printers as well as services to process additive manufacturing materials. The new 3D printer technologies are being developed at Farsoon’s location in Changsa, Hunan, at their 32,000 square meter research and production base.

The Cooperation Framework Agreement with Farsoon comes just over a year after Sinopec chairman Fu Chenyu announced the company’s five future economic growth points, the fifth of which was “the development of new materials, research and exploration of 3D printing business, to create conditions for the development of 3D printing material.” Now, with the recent partnership, Sinopec is addressing this fifth point of growth and will begin the development of a number of new 3D printing materials.

Sinopec has also been making other strides ahead in the 3D printing industry, as Sinopec Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical is planning the release of a cordless and portable 3D printing pen, which operates on a rechargeable, lithium battery. The 3D printing pen, being developed in collaboration with Sting3D, an FDM material development startup, will reportedly have a standby time of up to 100 minutes, and will use low-temperature materials to help prevent users from getting burnt or injured while using it.

We have little doubt that the partnership between Sinopec Baling Petrochemical and Farsoon High-Technology will help boost China’s 3D printing market, which as a report published by the IDC recently indicated, is still dominated by foreign companies.



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