3rd October 2022
French additive manufacturer and ARMOR Group company, Kimya, has invested in two Fortus 450MC 3D printers from Stratasys. The industrial grade 3D printer is designed to deliver unprecedented throughput with best-in-class build quality and resolution – ideal for complex and demanding design applications.
As a production-level 3D printer, the Fortus 450MC is set to provide functional prototypes and production parts for a range of AM applications and industries including railway, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, medical and more. Pierre-Antoine Pluvinage, Business Director at Kimya said:
“We have been working closely with Stratasys for several years and steadfastly believe that when it comes to operating industrial-level systems to develop and test materials and their associated application scenarios, the company’s Fortus 3Dprinters are the best out there.”
Now equipped with two Fortus 450MC 3D printers, Kimya is set to boost the material development and testing of advanced composite solutions, delivering the highest quality parts whilst significantly reducing the cost of development. Mark Thomas, Senior Vice President of Advanced Technologies at Stratasys said:
“As a leader in additive manufacturing, we are delighted to welcome Kimya as the latest customer to adopt our advanced multi-material systems.” “By investing in state-of-the-art 3D printing technology, Kimya is helping to shape the future of manufacturing in demanding industries like aerospace and automotive.”
Founded in 1999, Kimya is a specialist additive manufacturer that develops lightweight composite materials for use in the aerospace, defence and industrial sectors. The company’s proprietary printing technology and expertise in product development has enabled it to develop an extensive range of products for applications in industries such as the automotive industry, sports equipment and interior design.
The new Fortus 450 MC machines will play an important role in the development of this ever-expanding range of products. In addition to making the production of composite parts faster and more efficient, they also enable the development of new materials that can be tailored to the specific needs of individual customers, particularly paying attention to materials with properties including flame resistance.
According to Pierre-Antoine Pluvinage, with its flame-resistant properties, Kimya PC-FR material is a great fit for both passenger and commercial rail applications, with applications ranging from small parts such as seat components to replacement parts and beyond.
“On behalf of manufacturers and OEMs within the railway sector, we are already looking at which parts can be produced for specific applications, a good example being ventilation grids for rail carriages,” he says. “Working with Kimya PC-FR material on certain 3D printers would have been complicated, but we never had a problem with the Fortus.
“Similarly, in Kimya Kepstan® PEKK-SC, we have developed a highly technical material to surpass expectations and perform in the harshest of industry environments, among them end-use oil & gas applications like back-up rings. This is an increasingly important sector for which we continue to explore additional materials that meet particular needs,” he concludes.
With availability expected before the end of this year in EMEA and developed in conjunction with Stratasys, the Validated flame-retardant Kimya PC-FR polycarbonate material meets the EN45545 standard and the R1-HL2 fire hazard scale of the European railway industry.