Royal DSM, a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials, has recently partnered with Nexeo Solutions, a global chemical and plastics distributor, to bring new, high-value, performance filaments to customers who do 3D printing using fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology.
The partnership allows the two companies to leverage their respective strengths – DSM’s deep materials technology and application know-how, with Nexeo’s extensive global distribution network and strong customer relationships. The partnership reaffirms the two companies shared commitment to reinforcing an already robust cooperation by expanding their business to the innovative and exciting world of 3D printing. Both companies are convinced that this launch will boost the 3D sector by offering best in class filaments that fill a void in certain demanding markets where some material requirements have been lacking.
DSM has developed two special filament grades Arnitel® ID and Novamid® ID that demonstrate unique material performance in relation to the market’s current offerings of filaments made from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polylactic acid (PLA) resins. Arnitel ID is a highly flexible thermoplastic copolyester widely used in electronics, sports and other high-end applications. Novamid ID is a premium polyamide originally developed as specialty product line to meet the high-service-level demands of the automotive and electronics industries. It offers excellent layer-to-layer adhesion, strength and toughness compared to other 3D printing materials.