A speciality chemicals firm, Evonik declared yesterday the launch of its latest technology hub for additive manufacturing in Austin, Texas. This is for further expansion of its business in the field of 3D printing.
The US location will take a major role in Evonik’s international innovation network in the growth of new, ready-to-utilize supplies for powder bed amalgamation made by the Structured Polymers technology.
The new technology hub for additive manufacturing for Structured Polymers Technology by Evonik consists of an app technology lab with 3D printers and a processing space. It also consists of a study and growth lab, manufacturing spaces and associated office zones. It also comprises of meeting areas. The building complex has modern air removal systems, meets the highest safety measures and meets with applicable work area ergonomics measures.
Evonik’s head of the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Growth Field at Evonik, Thomas Große-Puppendahl said this: “The new Technology Center for 3D printing continues the success story of Structured Polymers under the umbrella of Evonik. We have now created the necessary framework to establish this advanced technology for the production of 3D printable polymer powders on the market.”
“By expanding our capabilities in North America, we are sending an important signal to our partners in the region that we can now better support them with new technological opportunities in materials development right in their own backyard,” says the managing director of the Technology Centre for 3D printing in Austin, Texas, Vikram Devarajan.
In 2019 January, Evonik purchased Structured Polymers Inc., a U.S.-located firm for additive manufacturing materials. This is after having spent in the firm two years before via its venture fund unit. This provided the Group entry to a fresh licensed technology with the stated objective of growing the present product documents of particular polymer powders for 3D printing. The technology of Structured Polymers is located on a polymer granulate that is treated into exceptional powder supplies in different steps.
In this procedure, polymer powders may be made in controlled particle sizes with a diameter range of 0.1 – 400 μm while, simultaneously, providing very excellent material attributes.
Because of this purchase, the initial ready-to-utilize powder materials were launched to the business in late 2019: 2 thermoplastic elastomers build on inventive copolyesters for powder-based additive manufacturing technologies.
However, products show high flexibility and elasticity mixed with good flexibility, remain sturdy and resilient after the printing procedure minus interfering with the quality of the surface and are present in black or white, based on the application.