Solvay

High-performance polymers for 3D-printing simulation

| Editor: Steffen Donath

Solvay adds 10% carbon fiber filled KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and neat Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) to e-Xstream’s latest release (2019.0) of Digimat-Additive Manufacturing (AM) software. Photo courtesy of e-Xstream engineering.
Solvay adds 10% carbon fiber filled KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and neat Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) to e-Xstream’s latest release (2019.0) of Digimat-Additive Manufacturing (AM) software. Photo courtesy of e-Xstream engineering. (Source: Solvay)

New polymers from Solvay benefit from Digimat-AM Advanced Solver's modelling. The combination of the two is said to stand up to challenging tasks.

“Our growing range of AM filaments underscores Solvay’s determination to establish itself as an industry leader in this rapidly evolving market,” says Christophe Schramm, Additive Manufacturing business manager in the company’s Specialty Polymers global business unit. “Digimat-AM allows customers to simulate the printing process and successfully predict the thermomechanical behaviour of 3D-printed designs in order to ‘print right the first time’.”

These new materials will benefit from e-xstream engineering’s Digimat-AM Advanced Solver. This software offers highly accurate, predictive modelling data for Solvay’s AM filaments over a wide range of critical characteristics, including detailed warpage and residual stress, to help designers and engineers optimize the process and minimize part deformation before printing. For highly demanding applications, Digimat further enables design validation by predicting the printed part performance (stiffness, strength, etc.) as a function of the material and the printing process parameters.

“With the addition of Solvay’s new AM grades, we now have a wider portfolio of 3D printing grades in Digimat to provide cutting-edge new materials to push the design and application boundaries in this dynamic market,” adds Roger Assaker, CEO of e-xstream engineering and Chief Material Strategist for MSC Software. “As a result of our partnership, we bridge the gap in simulation engineering between high-performance polymers and demanding printing processes such as Fused Filament Fabrication.”

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