Arkema Partners with 3D Printing Company
Specialty chemicals company Arkema announced in an emailed release that they would be partnering with industrial 3D printer manufacturer Raplas for the development of their N3xtDimension custom formulations.
According to the release, these new developments will be used in Raplas’ large format stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers and will benefit from Arkema’s material expertise for application needs and new market trends.
“We are very excited to work with Raplas to continue to develop best-in-class materials with overall excellent mechanical properties to foster the adoption of 3D printing to new industrial applications on a large scale,” said Brad Rosen, Global Business Director for 3D Printing at Arkema.
“Initial results have shown great success with N3xtDimension formulations on Raplas printers by leading players in major industries.”
The materials will reportedly be offered for use on Raplas Production Resin Machines. According to the release, these machines are “open platform systems” that allow for a shortened cycle time, high productivity and large format prints with high resolutions.
The new solutions, Arkema reports, will give users the freedom of performance design to address the various application needs for casting, prototyping and other demanding industrial applications. The collaboration is expected to advance more sustainable production processes in the industry.
“We are pleased that the Raplas production Resin System installed at Arkema with our Resin Development Kit has been so helpful to improve efficiency and dramatically speed up the development process of these new materials," said Darrin Dickinson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Raplas.
"Parts made from custom formulations of N3xtDimension resins built with Raplas Production Resin Systems are in final testing by globally recognized brands, and we are very eager to bring these next-generation materials to market through our joint efforts.”
Other Arkema Partnerships
Earlier this year, Arkema announced a partnership to open a new lab in France for UV-curable material research.
The new lab, located at the Mulhouse Institute of Materials Science, is part of a collaboration with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Université de Haute-Alsace.
According to the company’s release, the lab will help accelerate research into photopolymerization, as well as explore new and more sustainable UV-curable materials. This technology reportedly improves energy savings and doesn’t require the use of solvents.
Arkema reports that it has a history of designing and marketing specialty materials for photopolymerization, including through its Sartomer product line and N3xtDimension product line.
“Our goal is to design more sustainable specialty photopolymer materials for applications such as adhesives, 3D printing, composites, electronics, and coatings, focusing on new market developments like new energies, clean mobility, home efficiency, and lightweight materials,” said Laurent Peyronneau, Vice President at Arkema Coating Additives.