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Arkema at AMUG Conf. 2016: To Focus on PA, PVDF & PEKK for Additive Manufacturing

Published on 2016-03-31. Author : SpecialChem

Continuing its long history as one among the leaders in Additive Manufacturing technology, Arkema will be exhibiting and presenting at the Additive Manufacturers User Group (AMUG) Conference in St. Louis, MO, in April 2016. The presentation, entitled “High Performance Materials for Additive Manufacturing,” will focus on Arkema’s innovative material technologies for additive manufacturing applications, including Kynar® polyvinylidene fluoride, Plexiglas® acrylics, Rilsan® and Orgasol® polyamides, Kepstan® polyetherketoneketones, and Sartomer radiation curable resins.

Fig. 1: Arkema

Arkema’s involvement in Additive Manufacturing has evolved over time with the emergence of laser sintering, specifically with Rilsan® Polyamide 11 powder, and has progressed to new products, including the Invent™ line of polyamide laser sintering powders, high performance Kepstan® PEKK materials for laser sintering, and a full line of photo-curable resins from Arkema’s Sartomer division. There have been significant advances in Arkema’s Kynar® PVDF resins that provide chemical and flame resistance in addition to new technology in performance thermoplastics, such as Plexiglas® Rnew acrylic alloys, Pebax® elastomers, and Rilsan® Clear™ polyamides.

“Anyone who has attended AMUG in the past knows the conference is incredibly valuable to its attendees,” said Dr. Mark A. Aubart, Scientific Director of Corporate R&D. “Much of the value stems from the education that the conference provides. Arkema is proud to once again contribute to this community by sharing the latest in material development innovations.”

Arkema Supports Materials Science Lab at Penn State

Arkema has joined with Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ Department of Materials Science and Engineering by contributing $50,000 to a new Arkema Additive Manufacturing Laboratory in the Department’s Steidle Building, which is currently under renovation, with completion scheduled for June 2016.

“We have a commitment to developing high-performance, innovative materials, and we are pleased to collaborate with Penn State on this new, state-of-art additive manufacturing lab,” said Ryan Dirkx, Vice President of Research and Development for Arkema’s North American region.

The funding will be used to purchase new equipment and other materials for the new lab, which will enable students to explore new additive technology and integrate it into their research as they enhance their undergraduate lab courses. Arkema has consistently donated to Penn State’s Materials Science and Engineering Department over the last six years in support of graduate fellowships, the department’s graduate colloquium in materials, and undergraduate student travel expenses.

Rilsan, Kepstan, and Kynar are registered trademarks and Invent and Clear are trademarks of Arkema.

About Arkema

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Its balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties, and coating solutions. Arkema’s globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets it serves. Reporting annual sales of €7.7 billion in 2015, Arkema employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. Arkema is committed to active engagement with all its stakeholders. Its research centers in North America, France, and Asia concentrate on bio-based products, new energies, solutions for electronics, potable water management, lightweight materials and 3D design materials, building performance and insulation.

Source: Arkema

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