What’s next in additive manufacturing? We went to Formnext to find out
Members of the Technyl team spent a few days recently at Formnext at the industrial frontier of additive manufacturing (AM). The annual conference and exhibition, which took place in Frankfurt from 13-16 November 2018, brings together the state of the art in AM technologies to be experienced in one place.
The latest in metal, resin, polymer and hybrid AM technology offerings were on display, with powerful new additive and sintering machines from companies like HP, Siemens, Rize and just about every other company in the 3D manufacturing space from Europe, the Americas and China. This is a truly global show on a massive scale, but there was also room for smaller start-ups, including the winners of the Formnext start-up challenge.
The technology on offer continues to be more remarkable every year. But what was perhaps most interesting was to see the strides being made as AM goes from a cutting-edge venture for prototypes to state-of-the-art industrial production and series production. We saw medical devices, aerospace components automotive parts – and even entire cars being made from AM.
Solvay Performance Polyamides Solutions
When it comes to additive manufacturing, Solvay’s Sinterline® powders solution strengthens the functional prototyping position by pushing the performance of 3D printed parts to a new level. Particularly well-suited for the automotive sector, Sinterline® powders are the first polyamide 6 powder range designed for selective laser sintering (SLS).
“This solution yields the mechanical and thermal performance required to make 3D parts printing a compelling option for prototyping and low to medium volume production,” says Dominique Giannotta, Sinterline® Program Leader.
High levels of performances can be achieved thanks to Sinterline PA6 unfilled and GB40% (glass-bead-filled at 40%) materials and, as well as ongoing developments to reinforce the mechanical strength, resulting in performance levels close to those of injected parts.
Add to this Solvay Performance Polyamides’ know-how in predictive simulation and OEM customers have a major advantage in being able to target the most robust design before the part is printed. Based on different simulations, the design can be easily updated to optimize the performance of the parts.
“This offering brings real credibility for functional prototyping as well as excellent support for mini-series production,” adds Giannotta.