Essentium and LEHVOSS Group Set Up Partnership
The partnership opens up the opportunity for the companies to develop high-performance materials for industrial-scale additive manufacturing.
March 30, 2020
Essentium Inc., a provider of 3D printing technology for additive manufacturing, is partnering with LEHVOSS Group, an innovator of chemical and mineral specialties, to develop high-performance materials for industrial-scale additive manufacturing. Created specifically for extrusion-based 3D printing processes, the materials meet the standards required for industry applications in aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, biomedical and electronic manufacturing sectors.
Essentium and LEHVOSS are combining LEHVOSS’ experience in thermoplastic high-performance compounds with Essentium’s expertise in polymer and composite chemistry to develop engineering-grade materials tuned and certified for a range of industry applications.
After two years of collaborative research and development, Essentium has launched a line of PEEK and high-temperature nylon (HTN) materials using LUVOCOM 3F compounds. The materials offer easy printability and non-warping properties, as well as heat and chemical resistance and high mechanical strengths, enabling quality end-parts that can withstand the rigors of the factory floor.
Certified on the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 3D Printing Platform, the materials are suitable for applications such as mechanical engineering, medical technology and parts subject to high stresses for the engine compartment and drive train in the automotive sector.
“Partnering with Essentium is a win-win for our industrial customers,” says Thomas Collet, director 3D Printing Materials & Marketing, LEHVOSS Group. “Essentium is at the forefront of material science and together we will create a wider range of 3D printing materials certified to meet the performance standards they expect in their end-use parts.”
“While there are many compounding companies that optimize materials for 3D printing, few can rival LEHVOSS’ manufacturing knowledge and their approach for designing compounds specifically for extrusion-based 3D printing processes,” says Brandon Sweeney, Ph.D., head of R&D for Materials and co-founder, Essentium Inc. “With LEHVOSS we have a true partner who shares our passion in applying material science innovation to accelerate industrial-scale additive manufacturing.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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