Product News: Essentium's advanced additive solutions

Nov. 16, 2021
Promises to to unlock distributed and sustainable manufacturing at scale.

Essentium, Inc. announced solutions that promise to unlock throughput, performance, and 3D printed-part production. These solutions feature key innovations across machines, materials, and software to enable distributed and sustainable manufacturing at scale, per their maker.

First is Essentium PPS-CF, a 15% carbon fiber reinforced polyphenylene sulfide filament (PPS) made with LUVOCOM 3F resin from LEHVOSS Group. PPS is a semicrystalline, high-performance polymer often used in numerous challenging applications in various industries, which has an outstanding price-to-performance ratio with exceptional strength, stiffness, temperature, chemical and wear resistance. PPS is suitable in many cases instead of higher-priced super polymers as PAEKs (PEEK, PEKK), per Essentium.

Essentium PPS-CF is the primary tooling material for injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming, and expanded polystyrene foam molding. Manufacturers can replace many CNC aluminum soft tools with PPS-CF, as it acts as a light-duty metal replacement, particularly where corrosion and chemical resistance are required, its maker notes.

Essentium is also launching a 5kg spool designed to eliminate bottlenecks in industrial-scale AM. The spool allows users to continuously print for large parts and tools, minimizing the number of spool swaps required and wasted filament.

Said Blake Teipel, Ph.D., CEO of Essentium, “Manufacturers are under enormous pressure to drive agile supply chains that respond effectively to market needs. They are demanding additive-manufacturing solutions with engineering rigor to rapidly shift to finished part production or create high-quality tooling. Essentium is further expanding our ecosystem offerings to meet this need and deliver tangible value to customers across aerospace, automotive, and energy and alternatives industries, who are defining what’s possible through distributed and sustainable manufacturing.”