3D Systems & ALM Announce Partnership

Plan is to dually accelerate materials adoption, drive additive manufacturing industry growth.

Plan is to dually accelerate materials adoption, drive additive manufacturing industry growth.

3D Systems and ALM announced they have entered into a partnership to expand access to 3D printing materials. ALM will add 3D Systems’ DuraForm PAx material to its portfolio, providing a copolymer specifically designed for use with available Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technologies. ALM’s customers will have access to an expanded materials portfolio enabling ability to choose the best material for their application. This partnership will help address the material needs of customers who may use SLS technologies from various equipment manufacturers.

“By joining together, 3D Systems and ALM are not only helping manufacturers innovate more rapidly, but we’re also able to redirect our innovation pipelines to create more first-to-market materials,” says David Leigh, executive vice president and chief technology officer for additive manufacturing, 3D Systems. “I believe this in turn will also foster future 3D printing technology innovations thus creating additional options for manufacturers to procure the optimal solution for their application.”

3D Systems unveiled its open materials strategy earlier this year with the announcement of DuraForm PAx. This material can be used to manufacture tough, lightweight, production-grade parts for applications such as orthotics, tooling handles, splints, and braces, ducting in rugged environments, living hinges, liquid reservoirs, and enclosures requiring high impact and high toughness.  

“We have long pursued a strategy of using our engineering expertise in formulating and producing high quality powders for Additive Manufacturing, providing the broadest portfolio of SLS materials on the market for all OEMs,” says Donnie Vanelli, president at ALM. “Now, our collaboration with 3D Systems expands the market’s material options opening up new applications and opportunities for AM industry.”

3D Systems and ALM will showcase DuraForm PAx as part of their additive manufacturing solutions portfolio in their respective booths (3D Systems – Hall 11.1, Booth D11; ALM – Hall 11.1, Booth D41) at Formnext 2022. 

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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