Solvay specialty polymers take AM to the next level

Solvay aims to take additive manufacturing (AM) to the next level with the launch of three specialty polymer filaments that promise to introduce game-changing performance for 3D-printed parts.

Based on the company’s high-performing KetaSpire® PEEK and Radel® PPSU polymers, the three filaments represent the first products in what Solvay plans to become a broader portfolio of specialty polymer filaments and powders designed specifically for high-end AM applications.

Two of the three filaments leverage Solvay’s high-performance KetaSpire® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) polymer: a neat PEEK product and a 10-percent carbon fiber-reinforced grade. Both PEEK filaments are designed to allow excellent fusion of printed layers, enable high part density and deliver exceptional part strength – including in the z-axis.

The third new filament is based on Solvay’s Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU). Also formulated to allow excellent fusion of layers, this high-performance PPSU material offers high transparency, excellent elongation and superior toughness for 3D-printed parts.

Looking ahead, Solvay is further developing an AM-ready powder based on its NovaSpire® polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymer, which will target AM applications in aerospace and healthcare.