Solvay becomes a strategic AM material partner for Stratasys
Solvay announced a partnership agreement with Stratasys to develop new high-performance additive manufacturing (AM) filaments for the Stratasys FDM F900 3D printer.
Christophe Schramm, Additive Manufacturing Business Manager, Solvay Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit, said:
“Stratasys customers are always looking for more diverse, high-performance materials, and many of Solvay’s customers want our high-performance polymers to work with Stratasys’ industrial 3D printing systems. This is between our two companies. Important partnerships now enable us to meet these emerging needs”
As part of its joint product roadmap, Solvay and Stratasys will jointly develop high-performance AM filaments based on Solvay’s versatile Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) polymer, which will meet the stringent FAR 25.853 compliance in aerospace applications Claim. Both companies plan to commercialize the new Radel PPSU filament in 2020. Other high-performance products will meet industry-specific needs in other major AM end-user markets.
Rich Garrity, president of Stratasys Americas, said:
“Solvay is a trusted leader providing a wide range of tested materials for the demanding aerospace, automotive and medical industries. We are proud to be able to develop this new partnership agreement to enable customers to further FDM 3D Print extensions into production applications”
Solvay has a 25-year Radel PPSU grade record specifically for aircraft cabin interior components that meet all commercial and regulatory requirements for flammability, smoke density, heat release and toxic gas emissions. These grades also have excellent chemical resistance and excellent toughness.
Christophe Schramm said:
“This partnership with Stratasys is an important step in Solvay’s strategy to build a robust, diverse AM ecosystem to better serve its customers. Solvay’s material selection and expertise with Stratasys is high quality, repeatable The combination of 3D printing capabilities will open up new possibilities for additive manufacturing in today’s more industries that serve traditional manufacturing.”