Great news for the additive manufacturing market! KIMYA is delighted to announce that it has become one of the first three producers to join the FDM® system of the global market leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, previously not open to third-party filaments. By incorporating KIMYA within its ecosystem of open materials, Stratasys is enabling its customers to benefit from a wider range, gain flexibility and accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing within their production processes.
KIMYA’s expertise recognized by the market leader in 3D printing
Pierre-Antoine Pluvinage, Business Development Director at KIMYA, explains:
“We are delighted to see the expertise of KIMYA’s personnel being recognized by the leading 3D printer manufacturer. Together we will be offering industrial operators new, innovative and high-performance materials able to meet an ever-growing number of applications. This partnership with Stratasys is a reflection of our shared vision of the market, namely to accelerate the transition of additive manufacturing to the production scale by creating a strong ecosystem. It also forms part of KIMYA’s vision of the role of additive manufacturing in the modern world: to produce the exact quantity without wasting resources, and as close as possible to the demand.”
First step: “Stratasys Validated” filaments by KIMYA.
An expert in both the formulation of bespoke 3D materials and the production of functional finished parts, KIMYA is now offering two new materials to Stratasys’ industrial customers:
- The Kimya PC-FR: a polycarbonate filament certified to the rail industry standard EN 45545-2
- The Kimya PEKK-SC: a polyetherketoneketone filament produced from KEPSTAN® by ARKEMA
With market introduction in the second half of 2022, these two new materials will notably be used in the railway and oil & gas industries.
A defining partnership for additive manufacturing
With these first materials, Stratasys and KIMYA are seeking to establish a long-term partnership in order to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing at the production scale. The two companies have therefore announced a joint R&D program designed to bring to the market new co-branded filaments by the spring of 2023. Stratasys notably intends to exploit KIMYA’s know-how in the formulation of recycled 3D materials. But the partners’ collaboration will not end there. By means of a software license, KIMYA will also be able to work directly on the printing parameters of Stratasys printers, in order to develop bespoke materials for the market leader in 3D printing polymer solutions.
Adam Pawloski, Vice President Manufacturing Solutions at Stratasys, concludes:
“We are continuing to expand our materials ecosystem in order to offer our customers a wide range of possibilities of 3D printing technologies and solutions while ensuring that they can have the very highest level of confidence in these filaments. This is why we establish partnerships with companies of excellence such as KIMYA, whose expertise in bespoke 3D materials formulation is directly exploitable in the production of functional finished parts.”