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.

This category also focuses on Consumable Resellers with over 150 businesses listed in the relative sub-category.

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falcontech
Feikang Technology is a leading provider of complete metal additive manufacturing technology solutions in China. It currently has three business divisions: Specialty Metal Powder Division, 3D Printing Solutions Division, and Specialty Manufacturing Technology Division.
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The creativity of Setup Performance relies on the adequacy between its chemistry expertise and its extrusion expertise. The efficiency of Setup Performance relies on its offer of services dedicated to drive its clients from material conception to market.
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Kai Parthy's own filament manufacturing company. German inventor Kai Parthy was the first to develop composite filaments using wood and mineral particles mixed with thermoplastics.
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specialchem
SpecialChem is the Universal Selection Source for chemicals and materials. We help formulators, specifiers, and suppliers of chemicals and materials to connect, to innovate, and to accelerate both their technology and business.
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We are a Chilean company specialized in the development of Antibacterial Nanomaterials for the 3D Printing industry. Marking the beginning of a new era of Antibacterial 3D Printing for the Medical Device and Consumer Products industries.
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The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress.
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Advanced Laser Materials, LLC began under a technology license from the University of Texas at Austin in late 2003. A group of dedicated chemical, processing and engineering experts embarked on a mission to commercialize the development of Additive Manufacturing (AM) material systems. Since then, the scope of our work has exponentially broadened to include highly specialized research and development of thermoplastic Rapid Prototyping (RP) and AM materials for our clients.
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moi
moi is a Politecnico di Milano's spin-off startup launched to solve a problem: thermosetting composites are one of the best performing class of materials available, unfortunately, traditional manufacturing is still, in these days, expensive and requires a lot of time, especially for small series or unique objects.
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tumaker
Tumaker is a manufacturer of 3D printers and 3D printing materials, and creator of the industry 4.0 Printernet network for factories.
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cpi
3DCPI-PRODYSOL is a Barcelona-based maker of FDM 3D printers, 3D printing materials and 3D printing equipment.
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A solution for industrialists wishing to integrate additive manufacturing into their production process of finished products, for the manufacture of tools or for rapid prototyping ... Kimya supports you in your R & D projects around materials for additive manufacturing .
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veloxint
Veloxint provides high performance products & parts enabled by our novel nanocrystalline metal alloys. Based on fundamental science developed at MIT - 2-5X performance improvements over current metals
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Chromatic 3D Materials is inventing the next generation of 3D printing materials with the durability to meet the requirements for finished manufactured goods.  Today, our reality includes infinite possibilities for novel product designs, made possible by our customizable property range.  The scope of destinations for these technologies is vast.
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Manufacturers of mechanically alloyed custom 3D printing powders and production equipment.
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Aubert & Duval is a recognized supplier of metal powders for additive manufacturing, serving demanding markets such as aerospace, energy, medical, defence and automotive. Thanks to its strong metallurgical and powder atomization expertise, Aubert & Duval develops new grades and optimizes powder performance to obtain the best possible material / process pairs for its customers.
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Keene Village Plastics is one of the pioneers in 3D printing materials, and is a precision manufacturer of Thermoplastic Welding Rod and 3D Printing Filament. The company offers an extensive product line and possess manufacturing capabilities to extrude custom sizes, shapes and profiles to meet all of your requirements for extruded product.
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Manufacturers of large format continuous fiber composite 3D printers
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UPM Formi
UPM Biocomposites consists of UPM Formi granulates for injection molding and extrusion and UPM ProFi outdoor products for construction. UPM Formi and UPM ProFi composites combine the best characteristics of natural fibers and plastic. Their principle ingredients are cellulose fibers and polymers, which are either virgin or recycled.
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Together we are building a sustainable future based on versatile use of renewable wood biomass. Rooted in responsibility – driven by innovation.
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henkel
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. The DAX-30 company has its headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany. Henkel employs more than 53,000 people worldwide, almost 85 percent of whom work outside of Germany. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international ratings and rankings.
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