3D systems and ALM have announced a partnership that aims to expand access to industry-leading 3D printing materials, which involves the addition of 3D Systems’ DuraForm PAx material to ALM’s portfolio.
This should provide ALM’s customers with access to a unique copolymer specifically designed for use with available Selective Laser Sintering technologies and to an expanded materials portfolio enabling them to choose the best material for their application.
The two companies said this partnership is the first step to address the material needs of customers who may use SLS technologies from a variety of equipment manufacturers for their application needs.
“We’re excited to announce this collaboration with ALM, not only to expand access to this game-changing copolymer but to also show what’s possible when two industry leaders work towards a shared goal,” said 3D Systems EVP and CTO David Leigh.
“By joining together, 3D Systems and ALM are not only helping manufacturers innovate more rapidly, but we’re also able to redirect our innovation pipelines to create more first-to-market materials. I believe this in turn will also foster future 3D printing technology innovations thus creating additional options for manufacturers to procure the optimal solution for their application.”
DuraForm PAx, launched by 3D Systems earlier this year, was developed to manufacture tough, lightweight, production-grade parts for applications such as orthotics, tooling handles, splints, and braces, ducting in rugged environments, living hinges, liquid reservoirs, and enclosures requiring high impact and high toughness.
3D Systems said DuraForm PAx possesses properties similar to injection moulded plastics and features high impact resistance with high elongation at break in any direction.
“We have long pursued a strategy of using our engineering expertise in formulating and producing high-quality powders for Additive Manufacturing, providing the broadest portfolio of SLS materials on the market for all OEMs,” said ALM president Donnie Vanelli.
“Now, our collaboration with 3D Systems expands the market’s material options opening up new applications and opportunities for AM industry.”