Royal DSM announced a glass-filled polypropylene (PP) pellet material developed especially for 3D printing for structural applications using fused granulate fabrication technology.
Widely used for its mechanical, thermal and chemical performance, polypropylene (PP) is the second most frequently used polymer worldwide. Automotive, industrial or infrastructure manufacturers looking to adopt additive manufacturing technology for low volume or decentralized production – where the elimination of tools helps decrease cost – desire to use the same material they are familiar with from traditional manufacturing.
To meet this growing need, DSM is introducing a glass-filled PP for fused granulate fabrication (FGF), suitable for additive manufacturing. Arnilene AM6001 GF (G) – the (G) stands for granulates – stems from the same base material used in high volume production and is optimized for FGF 3D printing. By combining materials knowhow, expertise in modeling and simulation, design for additive (vs traditional manufacturing) and printing expertise, DSM secured all of the desirable mechanical, thermal and chemical performance of glass filled PP with the flexibility of a proven 3D process.
The Arnilene AM6001 GF (G) is suited for direct printing of structural, lightweight applications for automotive, infrastructure and water management, as well as tooling.
DSM Additive Manufacturing experts worked with equipment partners to validate the material on closed and open chamber build printers to optimize the material for FGF printing. The material’s low carbon footprint, due to reduced energy consumption, and its low LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), inherent to the PP’s chemistry, make it a sustainable solution.
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