FRANKFURT, Germany—Essentium, Inc., reported that it has expanded its additive manufacturing (AM) platform by introducing high-temperature (HT) materials and new models of its award-winning Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) Printing Platform. In a press release, the company said that in bringing high-temperature AM capabilities to market without compromising speed, strength, scale, or economics, it has accelerated the potential of industrial-scale AM.
Additive manufacturing is starting to play an integral part in manufacturers’ production lines. But broad adoption has been hampered by lack of access to a broad set of materials that meet customer requirements for 3D printed parts in industrial environments. Many materials aren’t reliable, aren’t repeatable, or won’t perform in these demanding environments.
To help remove those barriers, Essentium has introduced four new materials that are designed to deliver high heat, chemical, and fatigue resistance—plus high strength—for industrial applications. They include PEEK, High-Temperature Nylon (HTN), HTN-CF25, and HTN-Z (ESD safe). The new high-temperature materials are said to open up more capabilities for producing high-performance machine parts, tools, jigs, and fixtures for industries like aerospace, semiconductor, device manufacturing, and oil and gas.
New to the company’s HSE Printing Platform is the Essentium HSE 180•S Series, which includes a low-temperature (LT) and high temperature (HT) machine. The HSE 180•S HT prints a wide variety of materials to produce parts that can withstand temperatures of 180°C. Its nozzle temperature is said to reach 550°C.
Essentium said that as it introduces its high-temperature HSE 3D printing platform, it will integrate Materialise 3D printing Magics Essentials software with the Essentium HSE 3D Printer. The integration between software and printer is reported to deliver “an open and complete FFF suite comprising an end-to-end workflow, with all features needed for industrial scale 3D manufacturing to transform factory floors.”
“There is vast potential in the additive manufacturing market and even more potential for innovative ideas to be realized,” said Materialise Senior Market Director, Karel Brans, in the release. “We value our collaboration with innovators like Essentium as we aim to meet growing worldwide demand for production-scale 3D manufactured parts by offering users more control, more choice in materials, and ultimately, lower cost and higher volume.”
The Essentium/Materialise partnership aims to solve manufacturers’ needs for fully integrated, end-to-end software and hardware additive manufacturing platforms that will allow them to accelerate their adoption of industrial-scale additive manufacturing. The two companies share a common vision of putting innovation in the hands of customers by creating an open market model that will fuel the adoption of 3D printing in the industrial field.
“We are on the verge of a digital industrial revolution where 3D mass production is set to transform the $12 trillion manufacturing industry,” said Essentium CEO and Co-founder, Blake Teipel. “The combination of the Essentium ground-breaking 3D printing platform with innovative new materials and Materialise’s range of software solutions, which form the backbone of the 3D printing industry, will help tip the balance to full scale adoption. The future of industrial scale additive manufacturing is now in the hands of our customers.”