Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and Nexa3D, a maker of polymer production 3D printers, announced a partnership to fast track the availability of Nexa3D’s QLS-350 systems with DSM’s supply chain-approved laser sintering powders for series production. Under this collaboration, Nexa3D plans to immediately include DSM’s PBT laser sintering material, Arnite T AM1210 (P), with every Quantum Laser Sintering QLS 350 system it sells commercially starting in the first quarter of 2021.
This partnership focuses on sustainable additive manufacturing for series production of electrical connectors, automotive electronics and lighting applications.
The use of laser sintering PBT materials is expected to increase exponentially over the next decade, driven primarily by accelerating innovations in the automotive, electrical, and electronics industries. This trend is especially observed in the automotive industry, where the need for lighter, more sustainable, lower maintenance materials rules future designs. The use of engineer-grade materials such as PBT is expected to increase due to the need to minimize issues surrounding the corrosion of metals and their associated high costs.
Arnite T AM1210 (P) is the first ever PBT powder for laser sintering and is, since its launch in 2019, known for its series production performance in making end use parts, such as automotive electronics and applications, that need to function under high temperatures. Arnite T AM1210 (P) has the same dielectric properties as material used in injection molding processes. Developed for a wide sinter window, the powder is easy to print. Additionally, Arnite T AM1210 (P) is environmentally friendly with a high reuse rate of >60% and recyclable to the extent that the material can be brought back to the powder bed process.