02 May 2017 / 3D Printing

Sinterline® technology combined with MMI Technyl® Design shape the future of 3D printed functional automotive parts

Solvay Performance Polyamides is strengthening its Sinterline® Technyl® polyamide 6 (PA6) offer for additive manufacturing of functional parts with MMI Technyl® Design1. Benefiting from a proven track record in injection technologies, this predictive simulation platform now offers a major step towards the design optimization of 3D printed technical parts. 

For the first time, Solvay applied its predictive simulation solution MMI Technyl® Design to a functional 3D printed automotive part in Sinterline® – the plenum chamber for the breakthrough Polimotor 2 all-plastic engine project. Polimotor 2 aims to develop an engine weighing 63 to 67 kg (138-148lbs), about 40 kg (90lbs) less than today’s standard production engine, thereby lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

3D printed Polimotor 2 intake pump using Solvay’s Sinterline® Technyl®

Failure indicator distribution before ultimate plenum failure in MMI Technyl® Design simulation

1 MMI Technyl® Design is an advanced service powered by Digimat™ from e-Xstream, an MSC Software company.