Investment in 3D Technology
Collaboration of Victrex and Bond
To help customers with an accelerated route to market for 3D printed PAEK parts, Victrex, Thornton Cleveleys, UK, has commenced a multi-million Euro investment in Bond High Performance 3D Technology. The Dutch company has developed differentiated 3D printing (additive manufacturing, AM) machinery and software combination which can produce high strength parts from existing grades of high-performance thermoplastics. By linking Victrex´s material application and customer expertise with Bond´s 3D processing technology, the common objective is to set the path to produce functional parts which contribute to improve the performance of components.
“Our investment in Bond´s 3D technology is a logical way to accelerate 3D printed PAEK/PEEK parts to market,” Jakob Sigurdsson, Victrex CEO explained. “We need to ensure that all the key elements, including material, process, and hardware are aligned to fulfill our goal of enabling our customers to manufacture 3D printed PAEK components for critical high performance applications.”
Bond´s technology is capable of printing complex, functional parts made of PEEK with good mechanical properties, including in the z-direction. This enables the additive manufacture of high strength, isotropic parts with properties comparable to conventional molded or machined PEEK parts.
Potential in the Spine and the Semiconductor Segments
Victrex and Bond will initially focus their new collaboration on demonstrating the potential in the spine and the semiconductor segments. These will use commercially available products such as PEEK-Optima from Invibio Biomaterial Solutions, Victrex’s medical business, or Victrex PAEK thermoplastic. In the future, this ability to print functional parts from existing PEEK grades may also have value in aerospace, energy, automotive, manufacturing and engineering applications, where existing industry standards have been built around years of experience with Victrex’s commercial PEEK polymers.
Development Plan for Upscaling
Currently, Bond´s 3D hardware and software are in the beta-phase. A clear development plan is in place for upscaling and installing additional 3D printing machines later this year. This is expected to mark the next phase and drive the transition from development to first part qualification and early stage production. Bond was founded in 2014, delivered a “proof of concept” 3D printer in 2016 and following investment in the same year then realized functional models and prototypes.
Victrex Europa GmbH
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