API Institute has developed successfully a monofilament of Arnitel® Eco from DSM for Almteq’s Inspire 3-D printing systems. Almteq aims to use only bio-based materials for its printers and was looking for a flexible material to add to its portfolio. Arnitel Eco fit the need for a flexible or elastic bio-based material able to offer the right technical performance. API Institute develops and produces bio-based monofilament solutions for 3D printing in new innovative materials.
In 2010, DSM launched Arnitel Eco at the K-fair in Düsseldorf. Arnitel Eco is a high performance thermoplastic co-polyester (TPC) with a 20%-50% content derived from renewable resources. Arnitel Eco is available in a hardness range from 40-70 Shore D. The material offers an up to 50% lower carbon footprint than classic co-polyester products.
Francis Aussems, Project Manager Bio-Polyesters for DSM, says: “It is great to see that, in addition to its environmental benefits, the performance of our Arnitel Eco is really differentiating. The excellent heat and melt stability ensures that high quality products can be produced with the Inspire technology”.
Applied Polymer Innovations Emmen (API Institute) has developed the thermoplastic monofilament materials based on Arnitel Eco for 3D-printing applications. Fused deposition modeling (FDM) is a new additive manufacturing technology commonly used for modeling, rapid prototyping, and production applications. The Arnitel Eco monofilament is melted and deposited by an extrusion head of the 3D-printer, which follows a tool-path defined by the CAD file. The materials are deposited in layers as fine as 0.15 mm, and the part is built from the bottom up – one layer at a time. Jan Jager, Director R&D at API Institute says: “Using Arnitel Eco now gives us the opportunity to develop flexible parts using the 3D-printing technique”.
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About Applied Polymer Innovations Emmen B.V.
Applied Polymer Innovations Emmen B.V., abbreviated as API Institute, is an independent knowledge centre for applied polymer and fibre research in Emmen, The Netherlands. API Institute builds on expertise gained in 25 years within the former Akzo Nobel Central Research laboratories and is supported by a well-equipped physical analytical laboratory and extended pilot plant facilities with mid-volume production capacity. API Institute produces high end (bio-based) polyester fibres and (bio-based) monofilament in different materials, diameters and any colour for 3D printing.
About Almteq B.V.
Almteq, located in Vollenhove, The Netherlands, wants to make 3D printing (3D technology) accessible to everyone so more people find out what 3D printing is and what it can accomplish. Almteq brings affordable 3D printers to the Western European market. Almteq distributes their products in Western Europe and focus on research and development. Important is the affordability of a machine and what it can do. The price of plastics must be affordable for everyone. Also the plastics should be evolving out of natural bio products for sustainability.