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Braskem and ALM Co-develop Polypropylene Powder for Selective Laser Sintering

Published on 2020-06-03. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  3D Printing    

alm-braskem-launch-pp Braskem and Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) have announced the availability of polypropylene (PP) powder for Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) industrial 3D printing. The new polypropylene powder for SLS is the first product launched under the joint collaboration.

The launch brings enhanced benefits to the SLS AM process including lightweighting, moisture resistance, durable living hinge capabilities, improved recyclability, chemical resistance, enhanced processing stability, as well as elongation at break and flexibility is comparable to injection molding PP grades.

New Opportunities for Innovation

As the first commercial product launch between Braskem and ALM, the announcement forms the foundation upon which both companies intend to expand their range of offerings to include additional polyolefins for laser powder bed fusion over time.

Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem Additive Manufacturing Leader, North America, commented, "Looking to the future, we see exciting new opportunities for innovation in the additive manufacturing markets. As a global leader in polyolefins, collaborating with ALM who offers the largest selection of laser sintering solutions and is a pioneer of materials development for industrial 3D printing was a natural fit, creating a powerful combination.

Bringing these two organizations together made it possible to transform our innovative vision into reality, with our polypropylene for additive manufacturing delivering superior printing capabilities versus other available materials.

"ALM material variety has long been a limiting factor in the adoption of AM for serial production. We continue to partner with leading material manufacturers with the aim of diversifying the SLS portfolio unleashing the true potential of AM. Collaborating with Braskem as the leading provider of polypropylene in the U.S. is the perfect match to offer a true PP solution to the additive market. We aim to offer a product that is superior in quality and reliability, that is also scalable in supply and very competitive in price," says Donnie Vanelli, Senior Vice President of EOS Life Cycle Solutions.

Source: Braskem
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