6/29/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Chemson 3DVinyl Material Brings PVC to Additive Manufacturing

The thermoplastic PVC formulation was developed with the help of AM and 3D printing experts.

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Chemson Group's 3DVinyl provides a PVC material for additive manufacturing. According to the company, the material is said to be the first thermoplastic PVC formulation designed specifically for the additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing sector. The material was announced in May 2016 and premiered at Rapid + TCT in May 2017. 

Chemson worked with a group of AM and 3D printing experts and hardware manufacturers including Titan 3D Robotics, Push Plastic and 3DMatter, to improve the material. Specific issues that were addressed include Z-axis interlayer adhesion, warpage, impact resistance and thermal stability.

In addition to the standard filament form factor, Chemson 3DVinyl will also be available as a pelletized compound to address the proliferation of large aperture, high flow-rate extrusion systems. According to the company, this option will bring the material to a wider industrial audience, including verticals contending with demanding or extreme environments such as aerospace, construction, marine, water treatment/processing and renewables, as well as general and specialized manufacturing. 

“After this initial success of having a printable version of PVC in the form of 3DVinyl, the international Chemson team is currently undertaking concerted efforts to adapt PVC’s well-established unique potential and versatility for applications in the 3D printing/AM world,” says Dr. J.-Dieter Klamann, MD of Chemson Pacific and 3DVinyl co-inventor. “These new PVC products will be introduced step-by-step into the 3DP community after basic 3D printability is assessed in our rigorous pre-tests.”

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