Arnitel ID and Novamid ID
High-Performance Filaments for 3-D Printing
Royal DSM is partnering with Nexeo Solutions, a global chemical and plastics distributor, to bring new, high-value, performance filaments to customers who do 3-D printing using fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology.
Building on the experience in the 3-D printing market, DSM now offers an end product as a filament, instead of its typical raw materials in the form of plastic granules. The partnership allows the two companies to leverage their respective strengths – DSM’s deep materials technology and application know-how, with Nexeo’s extensive global distribution network and strong customer relationships.
DSM has developed two special filament grades, Arnitel ID and Novamid ID, that demonstrate unique material performance in relation to the market’s current offerings of filaments made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polylactic acid (PLA) resins:
- Arnitel ID is a highly flexible thermoplastic copolyester widely used in electronics, sports and other high-end applications. It is a filament with excellent UV and chemical resistance compared to other flexible polymers such thermoplastic urethanes (TPUs), and which reaches elongation at break up to 400%. DSM drew on its extensive knowledge of the wire and cable industry to develop Arnitel ID, which exhibits no buckling and offers a higher print speed than existing thermoplastic elastomers in the market. It also exhibits unparalleled layer-to-layer adhesion when compared with the available ABS, PLA and TPU filaments in the 3-D printing market.
- Novamid ID is a premium polyamide originally developed as specialty product line to meet the high-service-level demands of the automotive and electronics industries. Novamid ID is a very ductile and strong polymer that can withstand harsh environments and high temperatures of up to 150°C. It offers excellent layer-to-layer adhesion, strength and toughness compared to other 3-D printing materials. The high crystallinity of the polymer allows for designs with overhangs.
The partnership reaffirms the two companies shared commitment to reinforcing an already robust cooperation by expanding their business to the innovative and exciting world of 3-D printing. Both companies are convinced that this launch will boost the 3D sector by offering best in class filaments that fill a void in certain demanding markets where some material requirements have been lacking.
DSM Engineering Plastics BV
Nexeo Solutions Inc.
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