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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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 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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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
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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lubrizol
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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air liquide
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
A3DM Technologies develops laser plotting and power parameter strategies used in powder bed Additive Manufacturing.
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DENTCA
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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