Powdery 3D Printing Materials
Evonik Acquires Startup Structured Polymers
Evonik AG, Essen, Germany, has acquired Structured Polymers Inc., a US-based technology startup for 3D printing materials headquartered in Austin, Texas. The company will be entirely integrated into Evonik’s North American organization, while its company headquarters will remain in Austin. Evonik already laid the foundations for an acquisition of the technology startup in the fall of 2017 through a venture capital investment.
“The acquisition of Structured Polymers’ technology excellently complements our existing activities with high-performance polymers for additive manufacturing,” says Dr. Ralph Marquardt, the head of Strategy and Growth Businesses for Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH. “Thanks to our decades of expertise in polymer chemistry, this means we will expand our portfolio of customized, ready-to-use polymer materials for the highly attractive, rapidly growing 3D printing market, thus giving us a key role in shaping development of that market.”
New Technology for 3D Printing Materials
The acquisition will provide Evonik access to the new patented technology that will allow the company to expand its portfolio of specialty polymer powders in the additive manufacturing market. Structured Polymers’ technology starts with a polymer granulate, which is converted to a fine powder through various process steps. This makes it possible to produce polymer powders with controlled particle sizes ranging in diameter between 0.1 and 400 µm, while achieving excellent material properties.
The new technology allows the company according to its own statements to take virtually any semi-crystalline thermoplastic, such as polybutylene terephthalate, polyether ketone, or polyamide 6, or polymer powders with specialized properties like color, conductivity, or flame protection, and produce them for common powder-based 3D printing processes, such as selective laser sintering, high-speed sintering, or multi-jet fusion.
Evonik Industries AG
Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH
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