Jul 8, 2016 | By Benedict
Evonik, a German speciality chemicals maker, has partnered with HP to produce new powder 3D printing materials for the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer. The partnership falls under HP’s Open Platform materials development program, launched in tandem with the Jet Fusion 3D printer.
Earlier this year, HP unveiled the Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, its first ever 3D printer and one which was purportedly “ten times faster, half the cost” of comparable machines. And while the announcement of the printer itself caused some fanfare, the 3D printing industry has been equally intrigued by HP’s approach to printing materials. Rather than announce its own line of printing materials for the new machine, the company explained that it would be operating an Open Platform model through which materials developers could work hand-in-hand with HP to create new powders for the Jet Fusion printer. This idea had been made public as early as 2014, giving HP time to secure partnerships in the run-up to the Jet Fusion 3D printer’s release.
Evonik, a global specialty chemicals maker headquartered in Germany, today announced a partnership with HP that will see the German materials specialist developing customized powders for HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology via the Open Platform. A particular focus for Evonik will be the development of materials suitable for the large-scale production of components, such as those used in the automotive and aerospace industries. “HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology opens up new 3D printing applications and, in doing so, creates the basis for researching new materials for the future,” commented Dr. Matthias Kottenhahn, head of Evonik’s High Performance Polymers Business Line.
Despite producing chemicals for countless applications and customers, Evonik has sharpened its focus on additive manufacturing in recent years. The company already fabricates a number of polyamide 12-based powders for 3D printing under the VESTOSINT brand. These 3D printing powders are produced at Evonik’s facility in Marl, Germany, using a proprietary manufacturing process. To meet the rising demand for 3D printing materials, Evonik is expanding its production facilities for VESTOSINT, with a new production line expected to begin operations at the end of 2017.
Other materials developers who will be contributing 3D printing powders through the HP Open Platform include Arkema, a global chemicals company headquartered in France; BASF, the largest chemical producer in the world, headquartered in Germany; and Lehmann & Voss, a chemicals and minerals specialist, also from Germany.
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