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Apium Additive Technologies Announce Polypropylene 3D Printing Material

Apium Additive Technologies based in Karlsruhe, Germany, has announced that it is launching a new material to its 3D printing portfolio – polypropylene (PP).

The company explains that this material is “securing a key technical position amongst the other semi-crystalline materials at Apium.” These materials include PVDF, PEEK, carbon fiber reinforced PEEK and POM-C.

The polypropylene material is a way of extending the company’s “manufacturing power”. Furthermore, users will be able to receive full technical support to achieve their manufacturing aims.

However, this isn’t the only news from the company as it’s also hinted that there will be more announcements to come during Formnext next month. The international conference on 3D printing will run from 13th November to 28th November 2018.

Specifics of the Polypropylene Material

This material launch is enhancing the company’s offering to users of its P Series 3D printing system. Polypropylene is a linear hydrocarbon thermoplastic polymer which can be used for FFF 3D printing.

The company explains on its website: “Polypropylene (PP) is a linear hydrocarbon thermoplastic polymer, created from the polymerization of propylene monomers.”

PP is considered to be a commodity plastic and has a wide variety of use cases. It has a melting range from 130°C to 171°C and is one of the most versatile polymers. As a result, it is the second most widely used polymer after polyethylene and its market value was estimated at USD 75.40 Billion in 2017.

Apium Additive Technologies explain that this material has a high chemical, electricity and fatigue resistance while also retaining its shape after bending, flexing and torsion. Uses for this material could be anything from living hinges to containers for cleaning agent and even for electronic components. More about this material in the link

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The second nation-wide event, which is to be held on December 14th-16th, 2018, aims to assess and aggregate existing capacities and establish a professional network between the players of this field. This event will be supervised and managed by the Advanced Materials Council (AMC) of Vice-Presidency of Science and Technology in three sections. Considering the growing trend of this technology in the country and the attention of the academic and research centers, this year's event will include a conference section. This is in addition to the previously announced exhibition and competition. Along with the event, keynote speeches will be delivered by lead scientists and technologists and the 3D printing contest, specially designed for teachers and students will be held at the same site.

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