What Really Matters: Materials

Together with 3D software, materials are a key ingredient to unlocking the full potential of 3D printing for manufacturing. Larger material companies are now investing significantly to cater to the rapid adoption and evolution of 3D printing technologies. Thus the AM industry drives the development of new materials which can offer better performances and also higher degrees of sustainability.

3D printing materials include four major families. Polymers refer to thermopolymers, which react to heat by melting, and photopolymers which react to light by hardening. To a lesser extent, 3D printable polymers also include silicones, and thermosets, which solidify when heated. Metals include pure metals (such as steel, iron titanium, aluminum, nickel). In addition they can include precious metals as well as a new superalloys. These are available for 3D printing in powder form or – in some cases – in wire form.

Other materials with great potential for 3D printing include advanced ceramics, like zirconia and alumina or traditional silica sand. Finally, 3D printing technologies and material manufacturers can focus specifically on composites. This family of materials includes carbon fiber and glass fiber with polymer matrices. Composites in 3D printing can take many forms.

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Carbodeon Ltd Oy develops, manufactures and supplies nanodiamond additives for metal finishing, polymer thermal and mechanical compounds, polymer coatings, CMP polishing and a range of other applications.
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At Tiamet 3D we have developed a revolutionary method for creating affordable high strength 3D printing materials. By creating a specific blend of advanced material filaments, we can turn your printer into a performance part generator! We make your desktop printer perform like a top tier industrial machine for a fraction of the price.
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Cevotec enables manufacturers to build complex fiber composites in high volume and quality – by smart process automation based on Fiber Patch Placement technology.
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ProLab Materials Srl is a startup that operates in the chemical production industry. We perform research & development on photopolymers for additive manufacturing: testing of new formulations for 3D printers (SLA / DLP) to create products with better mechanical characteristics than those currently commercially available. We work to offer our customers the best polymer formulations for the 3D Printing market, developed on its specific needs.
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At Lubrizol, we combine complex specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of our customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. We are proud to serve a global customer base through two business segments, each with a strong portfolio of outstanding product lines.
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MCPP's manufacturing plants, R&D, and Sales & Technical support centers strive to offer both local and global solutions that achieve the requirements of our customers’ applications.
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The world leader in gases, technologies and services for Industry and Health, Air Liquide is present in 80 countries with approximately 65,000 employees and serves more than 3.5 million customers and patients. Oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen are essential small molecules for life, matter and energy. They embody Air Liquide’s scientific territory and have been at the core of the company’s activities since its creation in 1902.
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C.HAFNER is one of Europe’s leading solution and service providers in the field of precious metal technology and employs some 200 staff at three different sites.
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Siam Cement Group (SCG) was established in 1913 following a royal decree of His Majesty King Rama VI to produce cement, the main building material for infrastructure projects that greatly contributed to the progress of the country during that  period.
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A3DM Technologies develops laser plotting and power parameter strategies used in powder bed Additive Manufacturing.
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With DENTCA CAD/CAM dentures, only two patient visits are really needed. The first visit consists of taking the impression and recording the VD, CR, and bite all on the same tray all in approximately 60 minutes or less. Then, DENTCA’s digital process takes care of the rest.
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Dimension Inx began operating in August 2017 and was co-founded by Dr. Ramille N. Shah, a professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Surgery at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL USA, and Dr. Adam E. Jakus, an alumni of Prof. Shah's Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (TEAM) Laboratory. With the addition of John Hartner as CEO, the Dimension Inx team brings together scientific, engineering, manufacturing, clinical, and business expertise that is propelling Dimension Inx to the forefront of advanced material, medical, and manufacturing industries - Transforming the landscape of manufacturing, improving the lives of medical patients, and enabling the creation and industrialization of new, advanced high technologies.
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Your Global Integrated AM Service Provider At Oerlikon, our advantage is clear: we’re integrating and scaling the entire additive manufacturing value chain to handle your project from point A to Z.Ultimately, if you can imagine it, we can build it.
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Valimet is a leading manufacturer of spherical atomized metal powders in the United States. We pride ourselves on service to all our customers, whether large or small.
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We are a Swedish company with more than 10 years’ research & development in the field of powder technology with reference to spherical powders.
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Alloy 36, Alloy 625, Alloy 718 or Alloy 825 – each one of our alloys is characterized by a unique combination of properties. Are you in need of a material with special physical, corrosion resistant or mechanical properties? Contact us – we can help you to identify the most suitable materials and answer any questions you may have about processing our products.
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Toyal Europe belongs to the Toyal Group, a global manufacturing and supply network established by Toyo Aluminium KK, based in Japan.
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A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance in lightweight and design materials, biosourced materials, new energies, water management, solutions for electronics, and the performance and home insulation. A specialty chemicals global major, with 3 business segments – High Performance Materials, Industrial Specialties, and Coating Solutions – and globally recognized brands, the Group reports annual sales of 7.5 billion euros. Buoyed by the collective energy of its 19,500 employees, Arkema operates in close to 50 countries.
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Especialistas en filamentos para impresión 3D. Contamos con un avanzado laboratorio de I+D+i para el desarrollo de los nuevos materiales para impresión 3D de todo tipo de proyectos. Manufacturing company of high quality 3D printing filaments, to provide innovative 3D printing solutions for filaments by designing, manufacturing and marketing them in order to provide high quality materials oriented to the business and industrial sector, for individuals and makers and public administrations, at competitive prices while maintaining high quality standards and professional ethics.
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Purpose AM Systems is a small and dedicated R&D and product development company focused on thermoplastic extrusion based additive manufacturing solutions for the industrial and professional sector.Emerging as one of key impacting technologies of 21st century, Additive Manufacturing has traditionaly been constrained to closed platform systems. We at Puprose AMS believe that open, modular and customized systems can make even more of an impact and enable a totally new way of manufacturing in a number of industries. Building on 5 years of successful experience designing maximum quality 3D printing technology for the prototyping market, our team is ready to adapt this by now widely available but still little understood technology to your applications, materials, manufacturing processes and challenges.
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