AM Polymers on the advancement of ingenious plastic powders for additive production
3D printing as an innovation has actually moved from being a tool for prototyping to being a popular production procedure. Technical elements are likewise progressively being made utilizing additive production (AM) for commercial functions. As an outcome, a wide range of markets, from the vehicle market to aerospace, are now taking advantage of the varied applications of AM. In order for business to be able to actually make use of the benefits of 3D printing over traditional procedures, the option of procedure is by no implies the only thing that matters. Just with an ideal choice of products can brand-new innovations actually discover their method into commercial application and fully grown.
AM Polymers, specialists in the manufacture of certified plastic powders for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) and High Speed Sintering (HSS), is among the leaders in the market when it concerns establishing certified powder products with homes comparable to those ofinjection molding We talked to the 2 business creators, Andreas Wegner and Timur Ünlü, to learn more about the range of products on the marketplace for additive production. In an interview, the 2 specialists describe how they handled to broaden this deal.
3dn: can you quickly present yourself and your connection to 3d printing?
Andreas Wegner: The whole AMP group entered into contact with the innovation throughout their research studies or by utilizing their own 3D printers. I have actually been handling 3D printing considering that 2007. Throughout my doctorate at the University of Duisburg, I focused in specific on SLS and plastics – with a concentrate on a deep understanding of the innovation and robust procedures. I acknowledged at an early phase the requirement to broaden the variety of products for laser sintering in order to make 3D printing functional for formerly closed applications. For this factor, I began establishing brand-new powder products in 2012.
Timur popular: As a physics engineer, I’m most likely the unique at AMP. However, lasers, light absorption, light-solid interaction, voxels, 3-dimensional techn. Orientation etc. were no foreign words to me. My interest in 3D printing was stimulated in 2012 by a short article about the laser sintering procedure in the Neue Züricher Zeitung. At that time, I was currently the technical director of a Swiss polymer powder producer. It was my task to open brand-new markets which’s how I ended up being conscious of powder-based 3D printing procedures. In 2013 I stumbled upon Andreas’ publications through searching. An expert exchange rapidly established and the consent for the advancement of industrially functional plastic powders for 3D printing.
3dn: on what objective was AM Polymers established?
AW: The advancements I began with my doctorate caused the starting of AM Polymers in 2014. After I had the ability to effectively certify the very first products for laser sintering with Timur in 2013, the concern of the commercialization of powder products developed. Ever since, it has actually been our objective to use certified powder products with homes comparable to injection molding and simple processing. The focus here is on thermoplastics generally utilized in injection molding in order to broaden the locations of application in 3D printing through the range of products.
In basic, we follow them Plug and Play Concept for our products. Alleviate of processing and the high quality of the product are constantly the focus of advancement. We think about brief running-in times of a couple of days to be definitely important. Prolonged efforts to get products to deal with devices irritate users and bring alternative products into disrepute compared to PA12 and PA11, making it hard to open brand-new markets and applications.
Based Upon more than twenty years of experience, we have the ability to use user friendly product options for all typical plant systems. We do not see ourselves as a pure provider of powder products, however as a service provider of product options consisting of the required processing knowledge.
NS: Yes, precisely, the astounding reality that PA12 was the only product appropriate for the laser-sintering procedure for nearly more than 25 years was essential for us to fulfill the need genuine injection- formed polymers.
3dn: can you inform us a bit more about the variety of your products and their compatibility with 3D printing procedures?
AW: AM Polymers now uses an extremely wide variety of products for selective laser sintering and high-speed sintering, which we are continuously broadening with the objective of making as numerous recognized products as possible readily available for additive production. In addition to traditional PA12 and PA11, we provide numerous traditional basic thermoplastics and engineering plastics such as PE, PP, TPU, PBT, PA6 and PA66.
TÜ: With 8 various polymers, we provide the broadest portfolio of products for selective laser sintering on the marketplace. For unique requirements, the choice is supplemented by more versions with or without fillers. Depending upon consumer requirements, we likewise use customer-specific products. We see ourselves as AM system engineers with specialist understanding in the locations of polymer, powder and procedure.
3DN: With the products PA66 and PBT you have actually broadened the as soon as really minimal variety of products for series production in laser sintering. What are the benefits for the marketplace?
AW: The products market for additive production is still controlled by PA12 and PA11. For technical applications, the products PA6 and PA66 control over PA12 and PA11 in addition to PEK or PEKK. As an outcome, the enter additive production stays closed in numerous traditional application locations due to an absence of appropriate products, although numerous ingenious application locations are readily available, for instance in the fields of vehicle, aerospace, electronic devices, and electrical or mechanical engineering. With PA6, PA66 and PBT we close this space and can use a wide variety of products with greater mechanical homes than PA12 at an inexpensive rate.
With ROLASERIT ® PA66-01 we have actually prospered for the very first time in using a PA66 powder product for the laser sintering procedure. Compared to other polymers, PA66 is especially significant for its high heat resistance and aging resistance. At the very same time, the product has a high degree of solidity and rigidness in addition to great abrasion resistance. The product was established as a flame-retardant product in cooperation with Airplane and Siemens and was effectively checked there for the production of demonstrators for the aerospace and electronic devices markets.
NS: As a more brand-new advancement, different PBT types for usage in laser sintering were produced in cooperation with MITSUBISHI CHEMICAL. PBT as a polymer is identified in specific by great moving and use homes, great electrical insulation homes no matter wetness absorption and high dimensional stability. Normal applications appear bearings, molded valve parts, rollers, pump real estates and impellers, couplings and specifically applications in the electrical market such as coil bodies, terminal blocks and adapters.
3dn: can you describe some application examples to our readers?
NS: Existing applications are usually hard to represent, considering that the focus here is on our consumers’ lead over their rivals. However, we can currently reveal that our PBT has actually currently discovered its location in applications for the vehicle sector and will quickly be utilized in series production.
AW: Our PP has actually been utilized for car brake fluid containers considering that 2017 and nearly all OEMs around the world take advantage of the versatility of3D printing Robotic grippers for assembly line made from our flexible TPU have actually currently developed themselves as an effective application. The selective laser sintering procedure has actually shown to be more cost-efficient and much faster to make these robotic grippers. At the end of the short article you will discover a video revealing the making of the grippers.
3dn: how do you plan to broaden the AM Polymers item variety in the future? Do you prepare to deal with existing/ brand-new users?
AW: Additional products remain in the advancement stage. In addition to strengthened and flame-retardant styles, this likewise consists of other polymer versions. Here we concentrate on the products that are most asked for by consumers. So you can anticipate brand-new products from our business.
NS: In addition, there are different cooperations with gadget makers, processors and users. In addition to developing brand-new products, it is typically a matter of establishing custom-made product options for customer-specific applications. In most cases, the focus is on series applications with bigger amounts in order to produce the shift to 3D printing with the products formerly utilized in injection molding.
3DN: AM Polymers will have a cubicle at Formnext, where can visitors discover it and what can they anticipate there?
AW: You will discover our cubicle in Hall 12.1 G127. As a visitor, you will discover the biggest choice of products for selective laser sintering at our cubicle. We will reveal you the varied possibilities of our products. We would enjoy to encourage you which product is finest fit for your preferred applications and which technique, service or system innovation will cause the very best option for you.
NS: In addition, Andreas will offer a lecture on the topic of “Accessibility of the standard injection molding plastics PA66, PBT and PP for powder bed blend as enablers for brand-new applications in additive production”. We highly suggest that you listen to his lecture, which will occur on November 16, 21, from 2:40 pm to 3:00 pm on the TCT Introducing Phase @ Formnext, Hall 12, Level 0, E41.
3dn: do you have any last words for our readers?
NS: When it concerns polymer powder-based 3D printing, the world does not simply focus on a handful of products. We can be delighted to see how rapidly the range of products will increase in the coming years and how 3D printing will make its important contribution to accomplishing the objective of decentralized plastic parts production and the associated sustainability.
AW: We are really happy to see the 3D printing market live and face to face at Formnext 2021 after a 2-year break. We actually missed out on the fascinating discussions and conversations on website. Please visit us spontaneously at our cubicle or call us through [email protected] to make a visit. You can discover more details HERE on our site.
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