Mar 21, 2017 | By Tess

Polymer science company DuPont Performance Materials has introduced a new range of 3D printing filaments based on some of its existing polymers. The new filaments, which were presented at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference in Chicago, include Dupont Hytrel thermoplastic elastomers, DuPont Zytel nylons, and DuPont Surlyn ionomers.

Hytrel thermoplastic elastomer

The materials Hytrel, Zytel, and Surlyn have been developed and used by DuPont Performance Materials for over a decade. Now, the three plastics have been adapted for use with 3D printers, offering users high-performance and reliable 3D printing filaments. Using its new filaments, Dupont Performance Materials says users will be able to enjoy the full benefits of 3D printing, including “greater design freedom, light weighting, reduced product development cycles and much more.”

The company’s business development leader Rahul Kasat is expected to give a talk on the new high-performance 3D printing filaments on March 22, when more details about the materials are sure to be unveiled. For now, Kasat has expressed his excitement about the new offerings.

Zytel nylon

“We are very excited about the addition of these new filament-based products to our existing portfolio and the progress made in the launch of these products for the 3D printing industry,” he said. “We believe these products will help our customers meet their needs for prototyping and manufacturing using 3D printing as this technology continues to get adopted across multiple industries.”

We know a few details about the three new filaments: Hytrel, for instance, combines the flexibility of rubber with the strength and usability of a thermoplastic; Zytel possesses high heat, chemical, and hydrolysis resistance; and Surlyn offers a number of features including chemical and abrasion resistance, low-temperature impact, and clarity.

Surlyn iconomer

DuPont Performance Materials, a part of global sciences and engineering company DuPont, has become a leader in the development of new thermoplastics, elastomers, polymers, resins, and more. The plastics company has a wide network of clients, including ones from the automotive, construction, packaging, consumer goods, and electronics industries. With its new 3D printing materials, we expect that DPM will find itself a slew of new clients.

Additionally, the company has indicated that it will help its clients in choosing the most optimal material for their project. As DPM’s website says: “Our team of experts can help you during the design phase and early stage product development as you make decisions about material selection. Drawing upon our depth and breadth of experience, we can help you determine the best material to use for your specific needs.” Interested parties are directed to the DuPont Performance Materials website.



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