Essentium and LEHVOSS
Essentium Inc., the Texas-based 3D printer producer behind Excessive Velocity Extrusion (HSE) know-how, has introduced a partnership with chemical and mineral supplies specialist LEHVOSS Group to develop high-performance supplies for additive manufacturing.
The supplies, comprising a line of PEEK and Excessive-Temperature Nylon (HTN), had been created particularly for production-level extrusion-based 3D printing processes. They’re designed to fulfill the requirements set by high-performance purposes in aerospace, automotive, oil and gasoline, biomedical and digital manufacturing industries.
Launched after two years of collaborative analysis and growth between Essentium and LEHVOSS, the supplies mix each their respective supplies experience. Thomas Collet, Director 3D Printing Supplies & Advertising and marketing, LEHVOSS Group, commented: “Partnering with Essentium is a win-win for our industrial prospects. Essentium is on the forefront of fabric science and collectively we are going to create a wider vary of 3D printing supplies licensed to fulfill the efficiency requirements they anticipate of their end-use components.”
“Not solely will this velocity time-to-market and decrease the price to provide the best high quality components, it is going to additionally spur innovation for brand spanking new additive manufacturing purposes.”
Pin bracket developed in Essentium’s new PEEK materials. Picture through Essentium.
Excessive Velocity Extrusion know-how
Headquartered in Faculty Station, east Texas, Essentium is the developer of HSE and FlashFuse additive manufacturing know-how. FlashFuse is a technique of “FDM electrical welding.” On this technique, the electrical cost of plasma is harnessed to enhance 3D printed half energy throughout the Z axis.
HSE alternatively refers to Essentium’s proprietary 3D printing platform that makes use of a heating unit and nozzle to regulate to temperatures from 20-600 levels when 3D printing. Initially unveiled in 2018, HSE intends to deal with each the velocity and energy points with conventional FDM/FFF 3D printers. In 2019, Essentium exhibited its 180-S 3D printer combining each FlashFuse and HSE know-how in a single system.
Essentium has harnessed an open ecosystem for its 3D printing know-how, developed in collaboration with BASF and Materialise, which affords prospects larger management and selection in , software program and supplies. Bart Van der Schueren, Materialise’ CTO explains that the partnership was shaped with the intention to “promote a extra open market mannequin, which is able to gas the adoption of 3D printing within the industrial discipline by providing customers extra management, extra alternative in supplies and in the end decrease value and better volumes.”
The three companions have labored collectively to advance high-speed additive manufacturing, and as such, Essentium and BASF have additionally collaborated to develop supplies for the HSE platform. Moreover, at Formnext 2019, Essentium launched 4 new high-temperature filaments for the HSE platform together with PEEK, HTN, HTN-CF25 and HTN-Z (ESD protected).
Essentium’s Excessive Velocity Extrusion 3D Printing Platform. Picture through Essentium.
Growing sturdy supplies for the manufacturing unit flooring
The LEHVOSS Group is a subsidiary of Lehmann&Voss&Co, a Hamburg-based chemical agency initially based in 1894 as a buying and selling firm. LEHVOSS Group contains a bunch of corporations within the chemical compounds sector that develops, produces and markets chemical and mineral specialities for varied shoppers. The corporate gives two product traces devoted to 3D printing: LUVOSINT and LUVOCOM 3F, devoted to SLS and FFF 3D printing applied sciences respectively.
Essentium explains that it partnered with LEHVOSS in response to the low efficiency of supplies optimized however not particularly developed for 3D printing, which has thus inhibited the development of additive manufacturing, in response to the agency. Due to this fact, the partnership goals to mix LEHVOSS’ intensive expertise in thermoplastic high-performance compounds with Essentium’s information in polymer and composite chemistry to develop manufacturing supplies to be used in a variety of trade purposes.
Scrapper constructed from new HTN line. Picture through Essentium.
Essentium has thus launched a line of PEEK and HTN supplies developed utilizing LEHVOSS’ LUVOCOM 3F compounds. They’re designed to offer straightforward printability, non-warping properties, warmth and chemical resistance, and excessive mechanical energy with the intention to facilitate the manufacturing of high quality end-parts for the manufacturing unit flooring. Licensed to be used on Essentium’s HSE 3D printing platform, the supplies are geared in the direction of purposes in mechanical engineering, medical know-how and automotive.
Brandon Sweeney, Ph.D., Head of R&D for Supplies and Co-founder, Essentium, concludes: “With LEHVOSS we have now a real companion who shares our ardour in making use of materials science innovation to speed up industrial-scale additive manufacturing. We have now already seen robust demand for our PEEK and HTN supplies and stay up for creating new supplies that give producers the belief and confidence to shift from prototyping to full-scale manufacturing utilizing 3D printing.”
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