3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) and ALM announced they have entered into a partnership to expand access to industry-leading 3D printing materials. ALM will add 3D Systems’ DuraForm® PAx material to its portfolio, providing its customers access to a unique copolymer specifically designed for use with available Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technologies. As a result, ALM’s customers will have access to an expanded materials portfolio enabling them to choose the best material for their application. This partnership is the first step between 3D Systems and ALM to address the material needs of customers who may use SLS technologies from a variety of equipment manufacturers for their application needs.
- ALM to add 3D Systems’ DuraForm® PAx to its portfolio — expanding access to a first-to-market copolymer with unparalleled properties
- DuraForm PAx is a lower-cost, highly recyclable nylon copolymer engineered for parts that sustain high impact, high elongation for a variety of industrial applications
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“We’re excited to announce this collaboration with ALM, not only to expand access to this game-changing copolymer but to also show what’s possible when two industry leaders work towards a shared goal,” said Dr. David Leigh, EVP and chief technology officer for additive manufacturing, 3D Systems. “By joining together, 3D Systems and ALM are not only helping manufacturers innovate more rapidly, but we’re also able to redirect our innovation pipelines to create more first-to-market materials. I believe this in turn will also foster future 3D printing technology innovations thus creating additional options for manufacturers to procure the optimal solution for their application.”
3D Systems unveiled its open materials strategy earlier this year with the announcement of DuraForm PAx. This material can be used to manufacture tough, lightweight, production-grade parts for applications such as orthotics, tooling handles, splints, and braces, ducting in rugged environments, living hinges, liquid reservoirs, and enclosures requiring high impact and high toughness. DuraForm PAx possesses properties similar to injection molded plastics and features high impact resistance with high elongation at break in any direction.
“We have long pursued a strategy of using our engineering expertise in formulating and producing high quality powders for Additive Manufacturing, providing the broadest portfolio of SLS materials on the market for all OEMs,” said Donnie Vanelli, president at ALM. “Now, our collaboration with 3D Systems expands the market’s material options opening up new applications and opportunities for AM industry.”
3D Systems and ALM will showcase DuraForm PAx as part of their additive manufacturing solutions portfolio in their respective booths (3D Systems – Hall 11.1, Booth D11; ALM – Hall 11.1, Booth D41) at Formnext 2022. For more information, please visit the companies’ websites: 3D Systems and ALM.
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