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Additive Manufacturing

DSM and CEAD announce partnership to explore new applications and materials in FGF printing

Geleen, NL, 16 May 2019 17:00 CEST

Royal DSM, a purpose-led performance driven global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living today announced a partnership with CEAD, a supplier of 3D printing equipment focusing on large-scale, highly filled polymer printing. Together, the two companies will explore Fused Granulate Fabrication (FGF) technologies and materials to develop new applications in tooling and end-use parts.

Together, DSM and CEAD will combine their experience in 3D printing technology and materials to explore innovative applications in tooling and end-use parts aimed at the automotive, marine and infrastructure industries. DSM and CEAD will work together to create new materials and improve processing and design for FGF. The partnership is another example of DSM’s ongoing commitment to create a global 3D printing ecosystem. According to the company, such an ecosystem will enable the growth of the additive manufacturing industry.

Specifically, DSM will be purchasing a CEAD robotic printer, for R&D purposes in a first instance and open for commercial projects via a service partner from September onward. The system features the novel extruder system from CEAD and is placed on a 6-axis robotic arm from Comau, with control software from Siemens. The machine is equipped with a milling center and scanning unit for post-processing the parts directly on the machine.

With this equipment, CEAD and DSM will be able to create materials profiles optimized for FGF printing. By adding material, process and machine know-how, DSM believes it will be able to unlock the full potential of the FGF printing technology, increasing material and manufacturing options for customers. The cooperation also opens the door to advanced processes like adding continuous fiber combined with highly filled polymers to create applications that would not be possible without this technology.

By expanding our offering to FGF materials, DSM gives manufacturers across the globe maximal flexibility in choosing the material and technology that best suits their desired application”, explains Patrick Duis, Segment Leader Transportation Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “FGF technology enables the use of highly filled polymers that increase the thermal and mechanical performance of an application and thus takes us closer to injection molded parts.”

The relationship between the 3D printing technology and the materials that are used in the process, are key. Through this collaboration with DSM and their understanding of the materials, we are able to fully leverage the technology to its full potential”, concludes Maarten Logtenberg, CEO of CEAD.

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