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Basf 3D Printing Solutions at AMUG - New materials for industrial 3D-printing applications

Basf 3DPrinting Solutions is presenting a variety of new materials at the AdditiveManufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference from April 8 to 12, 2018 in St.Louis, Missouri. Together with Essentium Materials, Texas, Basf 3D PrintingSolutions is also building up a global distribution network for plasticfilaments. Both companies are systematically pooling a substantial part oftheir industrial filament materials under the name Ultrafuse.

All thefilaments in the Ultrafuse series have been developed for industrialapplications. “We want to offer our customers all over the world high-quality,high-performance materials for fused filament fabrication printing technology”,explains Firat Hizal, marketing and sales manager plastic filaments at Basf 3DPrinting Solutions. The offer also includes comprehensive expertise inapplication development and knowhow in fused filament fabrication (FFF). Thecross-regional distribution agreement covers several products. They includeUltrafuse Z, a special, extra strong filament based on Basf materials, furtherdeveloped by Essentium, and offered in combination with Essentium Materials’processing technology, FlashFuse. “This enables us to provide a specialmaterial for FFF that allows printing components with optimum strength in thez-direction”, says Hizal. In the course of the year, the cooperation partnersintend to launch further, filled and flame-retardant filaments.


Low-melting polyamide 6 for standard machines

UltrasintPA6 LM X085 is a new material for use in selective laser sintering (SLS)processes. This grey polyamide-6-based powder melts at about 193°C and is easyto process on most commonly used SLS machines. “These properties allow us tooffer a PA6-based material to customers, especially those in the automotive andconsumer goods industries, where today there is mainly only a choice betweendifferent PA11 and PA12 types” explains Alexander Cochrane, marketing manager3D-Printing Powder Bed Fusion. The manufactured components are distinguished byhigh stiffness and strength. “The first parts produced with new Ultrasint PA6LM are convincing, so we expect to be able to supply our first customers withour powder material in late summer”, says Cochrane.

Basf 3DPrinting Solutions is also working on various new developments in the field ofUV-reactive materials. Photo-Resin X004M, which recently became available, hasbeen specially optimized for stereolithography (SLA), digital light processing(DLP) and LCD printers, in which the light source is placed beneath theprinting material. With its high tensile strength and high elasticity modulus,the new material gives convincing results. “We also plan to bring our latestmaterial developments in the area of photopolymers to the market in the nearfuture, to meet industry customers’ requirements for flexible and above allhigh strength photopolymer components”, says András Marton, marketing and salesmanager photopolymers at Basf 3D Printing Solutions. Further developments inUV-reactive materials derive from the area of ceramic photopolymers, whichallow additive manufacturing of metal-casting moulds for applications in theaerospace and automotive sectors, for example.


Consistent focus on customer industries and endapplications

To addresscustomer needs better, Basf 3D Printing Solutions will be focusing futureactivities on the customer industries automotive, aerospace, consumer goods,medical and dental technology.

SinceFebruary, Basf 3D Printing Solutions has been a member of the DirectManufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at the University of Paderborn. The aim ofthe DMRC and its industry partners is to improve additive manufacturingprocesses. Interdisciplinary teams have been working since 2009 oncross-technology projects to further develop 3D printing for end applications.

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [310187].