3d printers

Kimya invests in two Stratasys Fortus 450MC 3D printers to bolster its internal materials development program

France-baed Kimyaa ARMOR Group company, has strengthened its collaboration with Stratasys with the purchase of two FDM technologies Fortus 450mc 3D printers.

This follows the announcement that Kimya provides two high-performance industrial additive manufacturing materials for Stratasys customers.

Kimya says its continued partnership with Stratasys will benefit customers in two ways. The first is the expanded Materials Development Program which he says provides a greater choice of high-performance advanced options for FDM printer customers. Kimya is also expanding its service offering in France with the Fortus 450mc production platform, enabling it to deliver functional final 3D printed parts for demanding AM applications.

The Kimya factory will spearhead a newly established production arm to meet customers’ demanding needs for 3D printed parts in key industrial sectors such as railways, oil and gas.

“We have worked closely with Stratasys for several years and strongly believe that when it comes to leveraging industrial-grade systems to develop and test materials and their associated application scenarios, the Fortus 3D printers from company are the best on the market,” said Pierre-Antoine Pluvinage, Commercial Director, Kimya.

Pluvinage said the flame retardant properties of the Kimya PC-FR material make it an excellent choice for passenger and commercial rail applications, ranging from small parts such as seat components to replacement parts.

“On behalf of rail industry manufacturers and OEMs, we are already looking at which parts can be produced for specific applications, a good example being ventilation grilles for rail cars,” Pluvinage said. “Working with Kimya PC-FR hardware on some 3D printers would have been tricky, but we never had a problem with the Fortus.”

Pluvinage also said Kimya Kepstan PEKK-SC is a highly engineered material specifically developed to perform in the harshest industrial environments, including end-use oil and gas applications such as back-up rings.

The company claims that the Kimya PC-FR Polycarbonate the material meets the EN45545 standard and the R1-HL2 fire hazard scale of the European railway industry. PEKK-SC, which is a semi-crystalline PEKK thermoplastic polymer based on Arkema’s Kepstan. Kimya says the material has excellent mechanical properties in addition to its resistance to high temperatures, abrasion and chemicals, including acids and hydrocarbons such as fuel and lubricants.

Kimya also announced plans to continue to work closely with Stratasys to develop additional production-grade filaments for a variety of industry sectors.


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