Solvay S.A.

Solvay Launches Polyvinylidene Fluoride Filament for Additive Manufacturing

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Solvay has added Solef PVDF AM filament to the range of its material solutions for additive manufacturing (AM). The new specialty product is targeted at fused filament fabrication (FFF) processes.

Features and Applications

Solef PVDF AM filament MSC NT 1 provides long term performance up to 120 °C, including exceptional chemical resistance and outstanding UV, weathering and oxidation resistance. The product is also intrinsically endowed with very high purity. These features make it particularly suited for outdoor applications and parts in contact with harsh chemical environments.

In addition to Solef PVDF AM filament, Solvay’s growing range of AM ready materials comprises KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) filaments which include medical and carbon fiber filled grades.

“As AM technologies are rapidly expanding their scope from prototyping to tooling to small series production in the most demanding industries, our new Solef PVDF filament extends material options for engineers and designers to include fluorinated semi-crystalline thermoplastics. The filament opens up a wide range of new FFF possibilities especially in the chemical processing, semiconductor and oil & gas industries.” says Christophe Schramm, manager of new technologies for solvay’s specialty polymers global business unit.

Solvay Joins Ultimaker’s Material Alliance Program

With the Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) AM filament MSC NT 1, Solvay is joining the Material Alliance program formed by Ultimaker. The Solef PVDF AM filament print profile is now available on Ultimaker‘s Marketplace to enable optimized 3D printing on Ultimaker printers. Its Material Alliance aims at meeting growing demand for industrial-grade 3D printing materials and offers free downloads of print profiles.

“Solvay’s partnership with Ultimaker underscores our commitment to building a strong and diversified AM ecosystem that meets the increasing needs of our customers for high-performance 3D printable specialty polymers,” adds Paul Heiden, SVP Product Management, Ultimaker. “We encourage manufacturers and designers to explore Ultimaker’s Marketplace and use the print profile of Solef PVDF AM filament for evaluation.”

“We are pleased to partner with Ultimaker for a plug-and-play experience with Solvay's new AM filament material and Ultimaker's large installed base of printers,” says Schramm.

Solvay introduced the new AM filament at formnext 2019.

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