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SABIC again expands fast-growing additive manufacturing materials portfolio with launch of three new filaments at NPE 2018

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced here at NPE 2018, booth S19001, the third expansion of its additive manufacturing materials offering within 12 months. Specifically, SABIC is launching three new filaments for fused deposition modeling: ULTEM™ AM1010F filament for general high-temperature applications, including tooling; and ULTEM™ AMHU1010F and LEXAN™ AMHC620F filaments for healthcare applications. These advanced new materials, which can be used for end-use parts as well as prototypes, are key to SABIC’s strategy of extending the scope of additive manufacturing. The company is also applying its broad expertise in materials, processing and design optimization – as well as deep knowledge and experience in healthcare – to enhance additive manufacturing technologies.


Bioprinting of organs

Photograph of a 3D hydrogel construct obtained through drop-on-drop multi-material bioprinting. Credit: Osaka University  Printed replacement human body parts might seem like science fiction, but this technology is rapidly becoming a reality with the potential to greatly contribute to regenerative medicine. Before any real applications, "bioprinting" still faces many technical challenges. Processing the bio-ink and making it stick to itself and hold the desired printed gel structure have been proving particularly difficult especially in inkjet printing. Few methods currently exist for gluing bio-ink droplets together and these do not work for every kind of cell, motivating new alternative approaches.

Adaptive Manufacturing: Earlens case study

Adaptive manufacturing is an unprecedented and a completely novel concept. Historically, manufacturing has been a very physical process, and production scale-up often requires process optimizations on physical equipment and underlying processes. These adjustments are typically labor and time intensive, representing a significant component of total manufacturing cost. Carbon is at the forefront of a novel software-based adaptive manufacturing movement and is building entirely new capabilities to dramatically decrease the total cost and time required for manufacturing process optimizations. Catalyzed by Carbon’s unique ability to fine-tune the 3D Manufacturing process leveraging over-the-air (OTA) software updates on cloud-connected printers, Carbon is fundamentally changing how medical device companies and other manufacturers make products.


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