Solvay launched three specialty polymer filaments that promise to introduce game-changing performance for 3D-printed parts.
Based on the company’s KetaSpire PEEK and Radel PPSU polymers, the three filaments were unveiled at RAPID + TCT 2018 and represent the first products in what Solvay plans to become a broader portfolio of specialty polymer filaments and powders designed specifically for high-end AM applications.
Two of the three filaments leverage Solvay’s high-performance KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer: a neat PEEK product and a 10% carbon fiber-reinforced grade. Both PEEK filaments are designed to allow excellent fusion of printed layers, enable high part density and deliver exceptional part strength – including in the z-axis.
The third new filament is based on Solvay’s Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU). Also formulated to allow excellent fusion of layers, this PPSU material offers high transparency, excellent elongation and superior toughness for 3D-printed parts.
Looking ahead, Solvay is further developing an AM-ready powder based on its NovaSpire polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymer, which will target AM applications in aerospace and healthcare.
Solvay’s approach to the AM industry also prompted the launch of a new e-commerce platform at www.solvayamshop.com. This platform provides a better customer experience to AM technology users by giving them direct and timely access to Solvay’s AM material solutions, as well as transparent pricing. The site will also serve as a portal to a series of simulation, testing, and prototyping services.