Braskem which deals in petrochemicals has collaborated with Titan Robotics. The aim of this partnership with a leading additive manufacturing and service vendor to start the production of a new resin.
Initiated in line with the firm’s partnership, the pellet- based polymer will be the initial polypropylene availed to the market and specifically tailored for Titan’s Atlas Large Pellet Extrusion 3D printers. This PP has been created to cater for 3D printing of large items and will be easily applied in the production of items such as automobiles parts, integral hinges and wrappers.
According to Jason Vagnozzi who leads Braskem’s 3D Printing, the collaboration between these two firms brings together experience in automobile development and polypropylene design to create a distinctive product. He furthers says that he hopes that the two firms will have future partnerships so as to continue responding to the emerging 3D printing needs and create Additive Manufacturing products that meet them.
Growing Product Range of Braskem
Braskem started its operations in 2002 based in Sao Paulo and has been a leading developer of materials for 3D use focusing on the aviation sector. They have worked with Made in Space as well as NASA to come up with a recycling unit for the International Space Station named the Braskem Recycler. The main aim of the recycler is to cut down on wastage as well as reduce its dependence on supply from earth.
At the company’s Innovation & Technology Center, they commissioned a 3D printing laboratory which is dedicated to production of additive manufacturing materials. They have also been working with Advanced Laser Materials a partnership that brought into the market their initial polypropylene.
In May, the firm announced their partnership with Titan Robotics. They also created their own range of additive manufacturing materials. As they work on mass-producing their new range of products, Titan will be one of their merchants.
According to Rahul Kasat , Chief Commercial officer at Titan Robotic, the firm’s Atlas- H line machines had some printing compatibility problems but both firms have addressed this. Their partnership has seen the Research and Development department create a product that meets the needs of large – format printing. There is less warping of final product and the resultant product has a firm adhesion between layers which makes it suitable for use in the automobile, gas, chemical and storage industries.
Titan hopes to continue partnering with Braskem so as to continually address the demands of their industrial customers. Through the development, these customers will be in a position to produce working parts with the latest PP.