The development of ultra strong polymer parts is set to benefit a wide range of indusrties, including aerospace, defence and healthcare.
Silicon Valley startup Arevo Labs has announced the availability of a manufacturing technology and materials that can produce Ultra Strong High-Performance Polymer parts using 3D printing.
Materials supported by this advanced process include High Performance Polymers such as KetaSpire PEEK, AvaSpire PAEK, Radel PPSU and PrimoSpire SRP.
The offering from Arevo consists of Proprietary Carbon Fiber and Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Reinforced High Performance Materials, a 3D printing technology that is compatible with commercially available filament fusion 3D printers and specialised software algorithms to create 3D objects with deterministic mechanical properties.
3D printing with PEEK and other advanced reinforced polymers has been technically challenging until now. The Arevo Labs team has solved this problem by optimizing polymer formulations along with innovative extrusion technology to make them suitable for additive manufacturing. Arevo Labs' patent pending 3D printing technology combines the benefits of printing complex geometries with reinforced materials that have excellent resistance to high temperatures and chemicals. The 3D printed parts optimised for mechanical properties using Arevo's advanced algorithms result in lighter stronger parts with unmatched mechanical properties.
Founder of Arevo Labs Hemant Bheda said: "We are excited about enabling 3D printed Ultra Strong Polymer Parts for the first time. OEMs in the aerospace and defence industries in particular can now use lighter and stronger production parts not possible to manufacture using conventional methods until now."
Jens Hoeltje, Director of Strategy & Marketing for Solvay Specialty Polymers, added: "Arevo Labs is providing the aerospace and defense industries with a new level of performance with 3D Printed Ultra Strong Parts using Solvay Polymers. We're pleased that several of Solvay’s high performance polymers are being used in this exciting new technology."