Partnership between Victrex and The University of Exeter

September 17 2018

Taking on the challenge to develop a broader platform for new and existing additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter (UK) and Victrex, a world leader in high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymer solutions, have commenced work in a strategic partnership. The goal is to introduce next-generation PAEK polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes. This collaboration is driven by Victrex R&D and the University´s Center for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM), a leading center of excellence. The new alliance will focus on multiple AM technologies.

Victrex and CALM started to work together in a consortium2 focusing on the development of VICTREX PAEK polymers for various 3D printing processes. After having achieved major improvements, Victrex recently declared newly developed advanced PAEK products designed for AM: A high strength material for laser sintering, a filament with better Z-strength than existing PAEK materials and better printability for filament fusion.

Victrex expects two industries to benefit in particular during the initial adoption phase. In the aerospace sector, the use of PAEK/PEEK in AM has the potential to enable new designs and the consolidation of parts within a single design. At the same time, it will allow the production of parts that would be difficult to machine. In medical, AM in conjunction with PAEK will allow the manufacture of medical devices to make patient specific implants.

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