DSM and CEAD Collaborate to Explore New Materials and Applications in FGF Printing
Royal DSM, the performance driven global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, has entered into partnership with CEAD, a supplier of 3D printing equipment focusing on large-scale, highly filled polymer printing. Together, the companies will explore Fused Granulate Fabrication (FGF) materials and technologies for developing new applications in tooling and end-use parts.
DSM and CEAD will bring together their experiences in 3D printing technology and materials to come up with different innovative applications in end-use parts and tooling aimed at infrastructure, marine and automotive industries. DSM and CEAD will work together to create new materials and improve processing and design for FGF. The partnership is another example of DSM’s ongoing commitment to create a global 3D printing ecosystem. According to the company, such an ecosystem will enable the growth of the additive manufacturing industry.
The company will be buying a CEAD robotic printer initially for the purpose of R&D and soon will open for commercial projects through a service partner from September. The system features CEAD’s novel extruder system and is installed on a 6-axis robotic arm from Comau, with control software from Siemens. The machine is equipped with a milling center and scanning unit for post-processing the parts directly on the machine.
The equipment will help both the companies in creating materials profiles optimized for FGF printing. By adding material, process and machine know-how, DSM believes it will be able to unlock the full potential of the FGF printing technology, increasing material and manufacturing options for customers. This will also prove fruitful for advanced processes like adding continuous fiber combined with highly filled polymers to create applications that would not be possible without this technology.
Segment Leader Transportation Additive Manufacturing at DSM, Patrick Duis explained,” By expanding our offering to FGF materials, DSM gives manufacturers across the globe maximal flexibility in choosing the material and technology that best suits their desired application.” He further explained, “FGF technology enables the use of highly filled polymers that increase the thermal and mechanical performance of an application and thus takes us closer to injection molded parts.”
The CEO of CEAD, Maarten Logtenberg concluded, “The relationship between the 3D printing technology and the materials that are used in the process, are key. Through this collaboration with DSM and their understanding of the materials, we are able to fully leverage the technology to its full potential”.
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