INTAMSYS is the first reseller of the new AM PAEK filament from Victrex for 3D printing
Above: Various parts printed with VICTREX AM ™ 200 filament / Photo credit: INTAMSYS
VictrexVICTREX AM ™ 200, an AM PAEK filament, launched VICTREX AM ™ 200. The new offer was specially developed and optimized for additive manufacturing (AM).
The PEEK The established materials on the market today, while used in some AM applications, were developed for traditional manufacturing processes such as machining and injection molding. The first 3D printing equipment supplier to offer Victrex’s new AM PAEK filament is INTAMSYS, China, a global high-tech company providing high-performance 3D printing materials, direct additive manufacturing solutions, and software.
Jakob Sigurdsson, CEO of Victrex, commented: “This new generation of Victrex AM PAEK filaments represents an important step forward for Victrex and we are now excited to be working closely with INTAMSYS. Due to the excellent cooperation with companies and institutions that pursue innovations in additive manufacturing, such as INTAMSYS, as well as the continued research of Victrex, we have made sustainable progress in the development of truly innovative components that rely on the design freedom of additive manufacturing in combination with the high Performance of PAEK polymers. “
Above: Distributor printed with VICTREX AM ™ 200 filament before and after annealing / Photo credit: INTAMSYS
The new VICTREX AM PAEK filament was specially developed and optimized for AM. The excellent mechanical properties of PAEK are in demand for high-performance parts. However, until now it has been difficult to fully realize them in 3D printed parts with available choices such as PEEK and PEKK. For example, re-using injection molded PEEK into filament melt AM typically results in weak parts due to poor interlayer bonding.
This new material was developed to address this weakness in printing PEEK. According to the experience of INTAMSYS with its production systems, the VICTREX AM 200 filament has a higher Z-axis strength and to this day has a strength of up to 80% in the XY direction with better adaptability when printing Fused Filament Forming (FFF) than the existing PAEK materials.
INTAMSYS has performed physical and mechanical performance tests on the new VICTREX AM PAEK filament material. The tests were carried out on a variety of printers, including the FUNMAT PRO 410 intelligent 3D printer with two nozzles. This industrial high temperature 3D printer can print parts up to 305 * 305 * 406mm, process a wide variety of complex structures, and a wide variety of materials such as PEEK, PEEK-CF, PEKK, PC, PC-ABS, and others High performance materials.
Charles Han, founder and CEO of INTAMSYS, explains: “Our test results so far have shown that the VICTREX AM 200 filament has better interlayer adhesion than other PAEK materials on INTAMSYS machines. Compared to unfilled PEEK, it is designed with a slower crystallization, a lower melting temperature and a viscosity that is precisely matched to the filament melting process, e.g. B. easier flow in the build chamber after leaving the nozzle. Higher outdoor flow (low shear rates) also promotes interlayer bonding and stability during printing. All of this contributes to improved interlaminar adhesion, easier printing (less shrinkage and warping) and better suitability for FDM 3D printingcompared to other similar options based on the tests we have done so far at INTAMSYS. “
INTAMSYS is also the first company to be part of the Victrex proposed filament fusion network to support this new filament. The network is intended to facilitate the use of the innovative high-performance VICTREX AM materials based on PAEK polymers and includes other material solutions that have been specially developed for use in additive manufacturing technology. These materials are designed for high temperature resistance requirements with excellent mechanical properties for AM parts.
Victrex’s new AM PAEK filament is designed to support a wide variety of demanding applications as it has very high wear resistance, high temperature resistance, fatigue resistance and corrosion resistance to fluids / chemicals which, when combined, can increase design freedom and production cost efficiency.
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