Evonik has rebranded its 3D printing materials arm Infinam, as it looks to differentiate its custom-designed high-performance materials for 3D applications.
In the coming months, the specialty chemicals group will introduce its first ready-to-use photopolymers for additive manufacturing, thus setting additional standards in material quality and performance in 3D printing.
Also planned is the expansion of its own technical service expertise, building on the recently opened Center for Structured Polymers Technology in Texas, USA.
Infinam says that in the future, all Evonik’s ready-to-use materials for 3D printing, regardless of delivery form or technological application, will be marketed under the new product name, suffixed by the relevant class of polymer or material.
For example, all products based on thermoplastic copolyesters will be branded Infinam TPC.
“Infinam gives our customers and partners clear orientation within our product landscape for additive manufacturing,” said Thomas Große-Puppendahl, head of the additive manufacturing innovation growth field at Evonik.
“Along with our key visual and our promise (‘Infinity meets reality’) of opening up infinite 3D applications with Evonik materials, the new product brand plays an essential role as the final element in our unique market identity.”
Evonik will however maintain the existing nomenclature for its Biomedical materials, with an extensive portfolio of 3D printable biomedical materials.
For plastic implants the portfolio includes, in addition to Vestakeep i4 3DF PEEK filament for permanent body contact, also the Resomer product line with bioresorbable (naturally-dissolving) filaments, powders, and granules.
These specialty materials are subject to strict standard specifications for polymers in medical applications that apply to the respective brands mentioned above.
“For this reason, these products have been excluded from transfer to the Infinam product family and will continue to be marketed under the Vestakeep and Resomer brands,” trumpeted an Evonik spokesperson.