Producing automotive tooling and structural parts using additive manufacturing makes geometry or internal structure changes easier and shortens production time, as it eliminates steps in the production process. Similarly, costs are reduced throughout the entire product lifecycle, from component production and assembly, to vehicle testing and low volume vehicle production. By using sustainable polymers for metal replacement, car manufacturers can meet two sustainability goals at once: lower emissions standards by building lightweight cars and reduce their manufacturing carbon footprint.
EcoPaXX® AM4001 GF (G), a polyamide PA410, combines all the features needed for additively manufacturing automotive tooling and structural parts with pellet printing or fused granulate fabrication (FGF), a technology for printing strong and stiff industrial parts fast and economically. The material has excellent thermal and mechanical properties with low moisture uptake, excellent chemical resistance and good surface properties as well as 42% bio-based content based on ISO 16620-1 2015(E). DSM’s proprietary PA410 technology in EcoPaXX® ensures lower moisture uptake than classical PA6/66 whilst being a sustainable, easy to print and post process, bio-based material.