EEK polymer pioneer Victrex is preparing newly developed materials for additive manufacturing. The first of these is a high strength material for laser sintering which attains lower refresh rates, resulting in improved recycling for unsintered powder.
The second is a filament with better Z-strength than existing PolyArylEtherKetone (PAEK) materials and better printability for filament fusion. The detailed technical results are expected to be presented at the bi-annual additive manufacturing conference of the University of Exeter Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM).
Jakob Sigurdsson, Victrex CEO, commented: “These next-generation VICTREX PAEK materials for additive manufacturing mark a decisive step forward, having potential to transform multiple applications, including Aerospace and Medical. The exciting progress is based on continued intense R&D at Victrex and excellent collaboration within the Victrex led consortium of companies and institutions pursuing innovation in additive manufacturing. Through this consortium we’re already seeing demonstrator parts that show how AM processes, coupled with high-performance materials, transform thinking to create truly innovative parts based on increased design possibilities.”
Victrex is leading a consortium of companies and institutions and was awarded funding from the UK's agency for innovation, Innovate UK, in 2016 to carry out intensive pioneering research and development to advance AM technologies, in particular high-temperature, affordable polymer composites for AM aerospace applications. The other members of the consortium are Airbus Group Innovations, EOS, University of Exeter Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM), E3D-Online, HiETA Technologies, South West Metal Finishing, and 3T-RPD.
05 September 2018