A collaboration between Arkema, Inc., King of Prussia, Penn. and HP, Inc., Palo Alto, Calif., is now getting underway centered around materials development for the latter’s new Multi Jet Fusion technology. This followed the launch of HP’s new “Open Platform” business model for the materials industry in which suppliers can quality new materials to run on the new HP Jet Fusion 3D printer.
Arkema has made 3D printing materials a part of one of its main R&D platforms. This collaboration illustrates the company’s commitment to broadly develop 3D printing technology and enable final customers to transform their supply chains from “just-in-time” delivery to “here-and-now” production. “Arkema believes that the future of 3D printing for production parts will be driven by the development of application specific materials,” said Adrien Lapeyre, Arkema’s global market manager for technical polymer powders.
The Open Platform model will allow Arkema to leverage it wide portfolio of materials (Rilsan fine powders, Rilsamid polyamides, Kynar PVDF resins, and Pebax polytether-amide TPE copolymers, among others, to engage customers in new 3D printing applications.