3 Additive Manufacturing applications to benefit from high performance polymers

The introduction of both neat and reinforced high performance thermoplastics to the additive manufacturing (AM) materials portfolio has made it possible for industries having higher product quality and performance requirements to implement 3D printing in their workflow. Apium PEEK 450, CFR PEEK and PEI 9085 (ULTEM) are leading materials for industrial 3D printing. Using additive manufacturing within a value chain, either as a separate or as a hybrid production tool, can markedly increase productivity or accelerate a company’s growth.

In recent times there has been a lot of interest in AM from industrial companies for reasons based on cost and time-to-market. Some of the industrial companies share similar challenges posed by conventional manufacturing methods. Such challenges border on:

  • High costs and long delivery lead times for parts with complex geometries and inner channels
  • Difficulties in design iteration testing for functional integration of components
  • High costs for small quantities or customized production

The goal of this write-up is to highlight some specific part applications and ways by which Materials Extrusion (FFF) 3D printing technology in combination with high performance materials can be advantageously used to optimize fabrication output.

Rapid prototyping

In dynamic and intelligent process chains of R&D infrastructures conventional manufacturing methods are too static to react on multiple experimental design iterations. In the area of motorsports where the general rule is to have an agile product development strategy, AM technologies such as FFF offers the needed flexibility. Through the ability to fabricate variations of parts and geometries using a single tool user can achieve enormous cost and time savings.

Lightweight production

Considering the fact that PEEK can potentially replace metals in lightweight applications over a range of temperatures (typically -196°C to 260°C) makes Apium PEEK and 3D Print technology interesting for lightweight production. Usage of computer-aided designs, which focus on organic geometries and voided architectures within parts results in less internal stresses as well as reduction in overall mass. The image shown in Fig 1 is a topology optimized bracket manufactured with Apium CFR PEEK, where Apium experts could achieve an overall weight-reduction of 43%.

Production of moulds and tooling

The production of complex injection moulding tools using conventional manufacturing methods can be a very cost-intensive process. In order to attain a break-even point in production especially for batches of small to medium sizes, AM and the Apium P Series offer significant effects:

  • Implementing inner structures within mould tools without complex machining results in more effective cooling phases which significantly reduces iterations
  • Low cost moulds due to reduction in material loss and same-day lead times

Technology from Apium for your success

High performance polymeric materials generally show properties which make them uniquely suitable for a diverse range of industrial applications. With this class of materials solutions for specific requirements, needs and functions in industry can be realized. Apium offers a well-matched material portfolio that optimally meets a variety of requirements. End-users can conveniently test the possibilities offered by Material Extrusion (FFF) 3D printing of high-performance polymers and secure a sustainable business advantage.

Learn more specific facts about the applications mentioned in our eGuide: 3 Additive Manufacturing Applications to benefit from High Performance Polymers

Let us talk about how to grow your business with Additive Manufacturing of PEEK, CFR PEEK and other high performance polymers at Rapid.Tech in Erfurt.

Date: 5-7 June, 2018

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Über die Apium Additive Technologies GmbH

We research, develop and produce Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printing filaments made from high performance polymers along with 3D printers to process them. After intensive research, we became the first company worldwide able to make PEEK (poly ether ether ketone) printable with the FFF 3D printing technology. As pioneers, we assure the best and most reliable print quality on the market. With our expertise and experience in practical applications, together with basic research, we have a unique competence center for small and medium enterprises from industries that use high performance polymers for the most demanding environments and applications.

With our strong core-competencies we strive to become the largest technology supplier of high performance filament materials and 3D printers for FFF 3D printing technology within the European market. Our goal is to set the industry standard in terms of quality and reliability at FFF 3D printing of high performance polymers. As a competence center we claim on the legitimacy to be present on the market and to take over a long-term leading role. Through our know-how and our expertise in the field of FFF 3D printing we assure our customers the highest quality and the best service.

Firmenkontakt und Herausgeber der Meldung:

Apium Additive Technologies GmbH
Siemensallee 84
76187 Karlsruhe
Telefon: +49 (721) 13 20 95 0
Telefax: +49 (721) 13 20 95 77

Pinar Karakas
Head of Marketing and Quality Management
Telefon: +49 (721) 6803087-0
E-Mail: pinar.karakas@apiumtec.com
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