March 28, 2023
Essentium, Inc. has launched Duratem, an additive manufacturing high-impact and high-temperature thermoplastic material, according to the company. The high-performance material enables new AM applications for aerospace, automotive, and railway industries.
Duratem offers impact resistance. The material can withstand temperatures of 150°C and is resistant to flame, smoke, and toxicity (FST), the company reports. Essentium's Duratem is a material suitable for a range of applications, from aerospace and automotive parts to maintenance uses such as replacing clamping blocks and switch covers. It also works for railway components, such as ventilators and covers.
Essentium used a multi-layered filament technology and worked with its partners in an open ecosystem to develop the material. The company is working with the U.S. Air Force to qualify Duratem for flight-worthy parts.
Duratem is an open material that can be used on high-temperature 3D printing machines, including the Essentium High-Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 180 HT and HSE 280i HT 3D printing platforms.
“Innovative advancements in materials are fueling the adoption of AM in transportation industries,” says Nirup Nagabandi, Ph.D., vice president, Materials Engineering, Essentium. “The expanding variety of materials, including Duratem, enables the production of high-performance parts suitable for diverse applications. Our focus on open materials reflects our dedication to providing customers with breakthrough materials and technologies that allow them to explore new possibilities in additive manufacturing.”
Duratem is available now.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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