Clariant Launches 3D Printing Business
Clariant International Ltd, Muttenz, Switzerland, has launched a dedicated 3D printing business to meet the demand of the fast-changing additive manufacturing market for premium and customized 3D printer filaments.
According to Wohlers Report 2017, additive manufacturing (AM) is growing at a rapid pace globally, with over 28% average annual growth for each of the last seven years, and generating a total of USD 6.063 billion in sales in 2017. Additive Manufacturing has moved from a niche technology to an industry where unique products are produced, for example today over 90% of the plastic shells for in-the-ear hearing aids are manufactured using AM.
The new Clariant 3D printing business has been established to provide high-grade, 3D printer filaments and specially made solutions. Clariant 3D prints and tests all of its materials to ensure printability and the required consistent high quality. Extensive material, application and production expertise allows Clariant to work closely with customers on polymer, additive and colorant selection to address typical end-use conditions such as weathering (sunlight, UV exposure), flame retardancy and electrical properties. In addition to tailored materials, a portfolio of high quality standard material will also be offered. The 3D printing materials are manufactured by Clariant and are available in flexible lot sizes to meet the specific needs of customers.
Clariant International Ltd.
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