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Eastman Launches its First-ever Powder-based Material for Industrial 3D Printing

Published on 2018-07-18. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  3D Printing    

Global specialty materials company Eastman introduces Eastman Amphora™ SP1621 3D polymer — its first-ever powder-based material for industrial 3D printing. Amphora SP1621 powder will be manufactured in collaboration with Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), a company specializing in material research, development and consultation for industrial 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing (AM).

Uniqueness of Eastman Amphora SP1621 3D Polymer

Traditionally, AM has been used primarily to make prototypes and low-volume, customizable products. Large-scale manufacturing was hindered by a narrow choice of materials and limited printing technologies. Eastman Amphora SP1621 challenges these limitations.
  • The polymer is an advanced, production-ready material for laser sintering. 
  • Amphora SP1621 is a high-performing material that enables new product designs from concept to solid 3D objects in a fraction of the time it takes for traditional manufacturing. 
  • The polymer’s uniquely tailored properties enable Amphora SP1621 to have superior in-process and postproduction capabilities, including high recyclability, toughness and flexibility, and ease of processing.

Bill McAdams, marketing director of emerging markets in specialty plastics at Eastman, said:
“Together with our customers, we’re realizing the value and potential industrial 3D printing has for the industries we support. Eastman’s long history of innovation and manufacturing capabilities allows it to work with companies like ALM to offer specifically designed materials that provide customers with enhanced customization, efficiency and productivity.”

Eastman / ALM Collaboration

  • After careful research, Eastman chose to work with ALM to offer a material specifically for a laser sintering (LS) process. 
  • Preferred for creating high quality, functional parts, LS employs a laser to sinter powdered material at points in space defined by 3D modeling. 
  • ALM specializes in creating materials designed and optimized for laser sintering. 
  • In collaboration with Eastman, ALM is expanding the types and functionalities of materials available for use in the LS process.

Donnie Vanelli, president of ALM, said:
“We’re proud to be collaborating with Eastman to make materials that our customers need. The first material we will offer with them is one of the most advanced in the polymer market today and expands our offering to customers who prefer the quality of laser-sintering 3D printing.”

Importance of Eastman Amphora SP1621

As the market for industrial 3D printing technology grows at an exponential rate, so does the global demand for new 3D production materials. With the introduction of Amphora SP1621, Eastman is at the forefront of this growing market.

Source: Eastman Chemical Company
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