Essentium and Braskem Establish Partnership

Collaboration to target sustainable additive manufacturing at scale.

Collaboration to target sustainable additive manufacturing at scale.

Essentium, a company vested in industrial additive manufacturing, is partnering with Braskem, a polyolefins producer in the Americas, to offer
manufacturers a fully integrated additive manufacturing machine and materials solution. Combining the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE) 280i HT 3D Printer with Braskem’s polyolefin materials will enable sustainable and rapid volume production of 3D printed thermoplastic components.

Braskem offers a line of recycled materials specifically formulated for additive manufacturing solutions. Sourced primarily from recycled bottle caps, their recycled filaments come in unfilled and carbon fiber-filled versions. The FL605R-CF carbon fiber-filled formulation uses recycled bottle caps as well as 100% recycled carbon fiber for additional strength and durability. These environmentally friendly filaments offer differentiated materials properties such as low density as well as water, chemical and impact resistance.

Together Braskem and Essentium will leverage the advanced functionality of the Essentium HSE 280i, a dual-extrusion system (IDEX) providing an open platform with precision control over printing conditions and high printing speeds, enabling rapid production of parts with repeatable results.

“Our partnership with Essentium is a huge win for manufacturers worldwide. The fact that Essentium offers a high-speed, open platform means that manufacturers can now benefit from sustainable and responsible material options that are also extremely affordable. Together with
Essentium, we are democratizing 3D printing and providing a competitive option to more industries,” says Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem’s global commercial director of Additive Manufacturing.

The partners deliver a full-service AM experience to bring this new level of capability and sustainability to customers.

“With Braskem, we have a true partner who shares our commitment to developing sustainable solutions to accelerate industrial-scale additive
manufacturing. Polyolefins are ideal for AM due to their recyclability, impact strength, chemical resistance and durability. This makes them a great choice for automotive, aerospace, biomedical and packaging applications,” says Blake Teipel, Ph.D., CEO, Essentium. “Our partnership with Braskem will empower manufacturers with integrated solutions as AM moves towards prime time in their industries.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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