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3D-printing grades added to accelerate adoption of polymer additive manufacturing


November 6, 2018  

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Royal DSM announced the addition of four additive manufacturing (AM) grades into Digimat-AM, an e-Xstream solution awarded by JEC Innovation 2017, JEC innovation Asia 2018 and finalist of ACE Award for Composite Excellence at CAMX 2018.

The combination of DSM’s high-performance AM grades with e-Xstream’s accurate printing process simulation solution will allow manufacturers and end-users to identify manufacturing issues before printing their material using DSM 3D printing thermoplastic grades. Digimat-AM enables them to work on high quality materials without wasting time and cost since they avoid hundreds of trials and errors and have the opportunity to print it first time right.

“DSM is a long-term partner and now we are very excited to join forces to further accelerate the adoption of polymer additive manufacturing,” says Guillaume Boisot, business development manager at e-Xstream engineering. “Combining DSM materials’ portfolio with Digimat modelling technology will allow to demonstrate the advantages of 3D printing in many applications at affordable costs.”

Nirali Surati, Product manager Additive Manufacturing Solids at DSM commented: “Additive manufacturing is quickly evolving from prototyping into mainstream manufacturing. One of the most important enablers is the capability to predict the behavior and performance of 3D printed parts in applications. Thanks to the collaboration with e-Xstream Engineering our customers now have the toolbox to design and predict reliable parts with the performance required for their application.” DSM is one of the few AM material companies to offer this to their customers.

In the next Digimat 2019.0 release, the digital twins of these materials will be available as Digimat material models to perform FFF process simulation and part performance prediction in the Digimat Additive Manufacturing Solution. The addition of these grades to the Digimat material database will help engineers to optimize materials, printers and parts in a fraction of the time and cost of the traditional build and test method. The improved accuracy provided by Digimat simulation makes it possible for DSM AM materials end-users to reduce weight, cost and time-to-market while reducing material testing and prototyping requirements.

DSM added four 3D printing grades into Digimat-AM database:

  • Novamid ID 1030, a high-quality polyamide 6/polyamide 66, whose unique properties enable parts with a good balance between stiffness, modulus and impact properties. Novamid ID1030 is easy to print and parts exhibit excellent interlayer strength and high surface quality.
  • Novamid ID 1030 -CF10, a 1% Carbon fiber reinforced PA6/66 filament designed for printing functional prototyping and industrial parts. Its excellent mechanical properties and smooth surface appearance make it ideal for a very broad range of applications that require robust mechanical performance at elevated temperatures (HDT up to 180°C) or light weight applications in various markets
  • Novamid ID 1070, a premium PA6 with very good mechanical performance due to unique co-polymer technology. This technology offers high stiffness due to high crystallinity and very high interlayer strength for demanding robust parts in PA6.
  • Arnite ID 3040, a high-performance engineering plastics that combines high strength and impact resistance with excellent processing characteristics. With a melting point a 255°C, Arnite ID 3040 is well suited for a broad range of automotive, electrical & electronic consumer goods applications.

“We are very excited to work with DSM on the characterization and simulation of their high performance FFF grades to answer a key challenge of today’s AM industry: the need of AM-focus numerical simulation models and tools,” says Olivier Lietaer, business development engineer for additive manufacturing at e-Xstream engineering. “Working with a pioneer actor of the AM industry will also help continuously improving our Digimat Additive Manufacturing simulations. This recent joint effort on AM ultimately strengthens the long beneficial collaboration between e-Xstream and DSM.”

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