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22nd May 2019, Alpharetta, GA

Solvay becomes Stratasys’ strategic AM materials partner

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company. © Solvay

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company. © Solvay

Solvay, a leading provider of technologically advanced lightweighting material solutions, has signed a cooperation agreement with Stratasys to develop new high-performance additive manufacturing (AM) filaments for exclusive use in Stratasys’ FDM F900 3D printers.

“Stratasys’ customers have been repeatedly asking for more varied, high-performance materials, while many of Solvay’s customers want our high-performance polymers to be enabled for use on Stratasys’ industrial 3D printing systems. This important partnership between our two companies now allows us to fulfil these burgeoning needs,” said Christophe Schramm, Business Manager for Additive Manufacturing for Solvay’s Specialty Polymers global business unit.

As part of their joint product roadmap, Solvay and Stratasys will work together to develop a high-performance AM filament based on Solvay’s versatile Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) polymer that will meet stringent FAR 25.853 compliance requirements for use in aerospace applications. Both companies aim to commercialise this new Radel PPSU filament in 2020. Additional high-performance products meeting industry-specific needs in other key AM end-use markets will follow.

“Solvay is a trusted leader of diverse, tested materials for demanding aerospace, automotive, and medical industries. We’re proud to have this new collaboration agreement in place which will give customers the ability to further expand FDM 3D printing into production applications,” said Rich Garrity, President, Stratasys Americas.

Solvay has a 25-year track record with Radel PPSU grades developed specifically for use in aircraft cabin interior components which are compliant with all commercial and regulatory requirements for flammability, smoke density, heat release, and toxic gas emissions. These grades also offer excellent chemical resistance and exceptional toughness.

“This partnership with Stratasys is an important step in Solvay’s strategy to build a solid, diverse AM ecosystem to better serve our customers. The combination of Solvay’s materials’ selection and expertise with Stratasys’ high quality, repeatable 3D printing capabilities will open up new possibilities for additive manufacturing in more of the industries that we serve today for ‘traditional’ manufacturing,” said Mr Schramm.

Just last week, the company also announced a long-term agreement with Safran for the supply of high-temperature composites and adhesives. Safran will use these advanced materials on several of their critical engine components. This new contract, in addition to the supply agreement for the LEAP Engine signed in July 2018, further extends and reinforces Solvay and Safran collaboration on demanding applications.

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