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Prodways Partners with Chemical Company Arkema to Develop 3D Printing Materials

French 3D printing company Prodways has signed a strategic partnership with chemical specialist Arkema to develop new PA12-based powders for laser sintering applications. 

Arkema is one of the major producers of speciality polymers, having developed a complete range of high-performance materials for the automotive, industrial, healthcare, consumer electronics and renewable energies markets. The French company has already been actively developing laser sintering solutions for more than 10 years.

Prodways offers laser sintering platforms which are open to third-party materials and creates strategic partnerships to develop the next generation of polymer materials.

Olivier Coulet, laser sintering materials Director and founder of Prodways subsidiary Exceltec, confirms: “The Arkema and Prodways teams have worked together on the co-development of laser sintering powders for more than 10 years. After many successes, such as the launch of new PA12 powder formulas, the signing of the partnership with Prodways will be the natural continuation of those developments and will offer promising opportunities for special grades, markets, and services in 3D printing.”

Adrien Lapeyre, Market Manager for Arkema’s Technical Polymers business line, stated: “We are convinced that the Prodways open platform program will accelerate the time-to-market of new powders that will meet the numerous challenges of 3D printing.”

The aim of this partnership, which combines Arkema’s expertise in polymer materials and Prodways’ 3D printers, is to develop new, complete and personalized laser sintering solutions for any industrial application, from automotive to aerospace and medical.

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