Essentium, eSUN and Polymaker join Ultimaker Material Alliance Program
The Ultimaker Material Alliance Program is designed to further expand the choice of materials and applications for FFF 3D printing in a wide variety of industries.
February 21, 2019
Ultimaker announced at TCT ASIA in Shanghai, China, that Essentium, eSUN and Polymaker have joined the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program. Their commitment helps enhance the choice of materials and applications for fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing in various industries.
China is known for its large electronics market. For engineers in this industry to benefit from FFF 3D printing, materials need to be ESD (electrostatic discharge) safe so that they are suitable for electronics manufacturing, Ultimaker reports. By making print profiles in the Ultimaker Marketplace available with these properties, engineers and designers in the electronics industry can benefit from the use of desktop 3D printing.
“At Essentium we are committed to creating industrial solutions for the world’s top manufacturers and bridging the gap between 3D printing and machining,” says Dr. Blake Teipel, CEO of Essentium. “We have partnered with BASF, the world’s largest chemical producer, to create the Ultrafuse-Z line, which is a series of ESD safe filaments that are powered by Essentium. We offer material print profiles for Ultrafuse-Z PCTG in the Ultimaker Marketplace, an industrial grade filament that is specifically formulated to be ESD safe.”
Adds Dr. Yihu Yang, CEO of eSUN: “We are specialized in the industrialization of biodegradable polymers. We are delighted to join the Ultimaker Materials Alliance Program with material print profiles of PETG, ePA-CF, and HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene), since it allows us to speed up the development of eco-friendly 3D printed products by using renewable resources.”
“FFF 3D printing remains the most practical and accessible of all 3D printing technologies,” notes Dr. Xiaofan Luo, president, Polymaker. “The three materials we offer via the Ultimaker Marketplace, including PolyMide PA6-CF, PolyMide CoPA and PolyCast, are among the most unique and advanced materials in our portfolio. I believe they will open up countless new applications for a greater number of engineers.”
“By offering material profiles directly to millions of end users via the Ultimaker Marketplace, we unlock new 3D printing applications for different industries,” says Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker. “Essentium, eSUN, and Polymaker and are well-respected material companies, offering unique material properties that are relevant for engineers working in a wide range of industries. I am proud to recognize their commitment to the Ultimaker Material Alliance during TCT ASIA.“
Print profiles from Essentium, eSUN and Polymaker are available for download in the Marketplace in Ultimaker Cura. Users select the material profile of their choice and start a print in a matter of seconds.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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