Evonik partners with HP to develop new 3D printing powder material
HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology opens up new 3D printing applications creates the basis for researching new materials.
Evonik Industries is partnering with HP for its Open Platform programs. The German-based specialty chemical maker is committed to the 3D printing market and will produce new customized powder materials for HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.
Earlier this year, HP introduced its newest 3D printing solution, the Multi Jet Fusion printer. HP had also announced that rather than developing its own line of printing materials, it would rely on industry partnerships through this Open Platform program, to develop the latest in 3D printing powders for the Jet Fusion printer.
“HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology opens up new 3D printing applications and, in doing so, creates the basis for researching new materials for the future,” says Dr. Matthias Kottenhahn, head of Evonik’s High Performance Polymers Business Line.
Evonik has been developing special polymer materials that enable the industrial manufacture of high-tech components in 3D printing for many years. The company has produced a number of polyamide 12-based powders under the VESTOSINT brand.
This modified polyamide-based powder is produced at Evonik’s Marl, Germany site and uses the company’s proprietary process. Evonik is currently expanding its existing annual capacity in order to meet the rising demand for 3D printing. The new production line is scheduled to start operations at the end of 2017.