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Nexa3D & Henkel Launch Photopolymer Materials for High Performance 3D Printing

Published on 2021-02-16. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  3D Printing     Transparency     High Heat Materials   

nexa3d-photopolymers-filament Nexa3D has expanded its partnership with Henkel to immediately deliver three new performance photopolymer materials through its expanding Nexa3D channels globally.

New Functional Polymers for Durable Parts

xPP405-BLACK is a tough semi-rigid material with high-strength engineering plastic, delivering good impact resistance with performance similar to unfilled propylene. xPP405 boasts a modulus like polypropylene, an impressive 130% tensile elongation at failure, and excellent UV weathering stability as characterized by ASTM G154 testing. xPP405-BLACK delivers an attractive industrial black finish and is ideal for a wide variety of design, engineering and manufacturing of end use parts for piping, consumer and industrial applications, including large housings and enclosures and sheet metal forming dies.

xPP405-CLEAR combines clarity, toughness and impact strength with good heat deflection temperature between 50°C to 60°C. xPP405 boasts a modulus like polypropylene, an impressive 130% tensile elongation at failure, and exceptional UV weathering stability as characterized by ASTM G154 testing. xPP405-CLEAR can be finished for excellent clarity and is perfect for a wide range of design, engineering and manufacturing of end use parts including packaging, bottling, piping and see-through elements such as transparent materials for light guiding applications and micro-fluidics as well as lighting applications.

xPEEK147-BLACK is a tough material with a good surface finish, and a strong dimensional stability featuring high heat deflection temperature. It is an ideal material for production tooling, molding applications and a variety of functional end use parts including automotive under hood applications. xPEEK147 exhibits higher temperature resistance of up to 230°C with very high stiffness and is shown to be thermally stable for long periods with good solvent resistance and dimensional stability.

Combining Capabilities to Fast-track Additive Manufacturing

Nexa3D’s further collaboration with Henkel leverages their combined capabilities to fast-track additive manufacturing towards mass production of functional parts across multiple industries, leveraging the 20X productivity advantage of its ultrafast NXE 400 3D printer.

We are pleased to further expand our partnership with Nexa3D as Loctite’s portfolio of photo-plastic and photo-elastic materials are well-matched for the higher throughput of the NXE400 3D printer,” said Ken Kisner, head of innovation for 3D printing at Henkel. “The Nexa3D team have continued to deliver robust 3D printing solutions, and together we look forward to continuing to deliver an expanded portfolio of production tools, materials, and the validated workflows that the industry requires to realize the full potential of additive production.”

No other manufacturing process offers as many possibilities for greater design agility, supply chain resiliency and ultrafast implementation at every phase of the product life cycle. Combining Nexa3D’s productivity with Henkel’s rapidly expanding portfolio of functional polymers makes it possible for customers to manufacture a wider range of parts such as housings, enclosures, pipes, packaging products, footwear components and production tooling for greater performance and functionality.

We believe that our rapidly expanding collaboration with Henkel, now spanning six Loctite materials, coupled with our demonstrated 20X productivity gains achieved by our ultrafast NXE400 3D printer and up to 85% lower total cost of ownership, delivers higher productivity, better extended life functionality and exceptional economics,” said Kevin McAlea, chief operating officer, Nexa3D. “Both companies are committed to democratizing access to scalable additive polymer solutions, empowering customers to own their supply chain throughout their entire product life cycle from design to production and aftermarket success.”

Source: Nexa3D
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