Stratasys, a global leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, has selected KIMYA, an ARMOR company, to provide Stratasys Validated materials for its FDM technology-based systems, which were previously closed to third-party filaments. Both an expert in custom 3D material formulation and the production of finished parts with utility value, KIMYA now offers Stratasys’ industrial customers two new materials: EN45545–2 certified polycarbon filament (Kimya PC-FR) and a polyetherketone filament made from Arkema’s KEPSTAN (Kimya PEKK-SC). These two materials will be marketed from the second half of 2022 and will be used in particular in the rail and oil industries.
These initial materials begin what both companies say should be a long-term partnership to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing at production scale. Stratasys and KIMYA also initiated an R&D program with the goal to bring new co-branded filaments to market by spring 2023. For example, KIMYA brings unique expertise in formulating recycled 3D materials that could be applied to the collaboration. Additionally, through the provision of a Stratasys Open Materials License, KIMYA will have the opportunity to work directly on the printing parameters of Stratasys printers to develop new custom materials.