Victrex, a world leader in high-performance Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymer solutions, and University of Exeter, UK have started work in strategic partnership to focus on multiple AM technologies and introduce next-generation PAEK polymers and composites improving the performance of the underlying AM processes. Victrex R&D and the University´s Centre for Additive Layer Manufacturing (CALM), a leading center of excellence, have been the driving force for the collaborative efforts between them.
Professor Oana Ghita, the lead of CALM at the University of Exeter, commented, “We are excited to start this partnership and continue our R&D work on the development of high-performance materials and AM processes for today’s and future needs and applications. The new PAEK polymer-based materials will give designers and developers the opportunity to use the best performing polymers within AM processes and help make this dream a reality, transforming AM into a high-performance production tool.”
Starting work together in a consortium, Victrex and CALM focused on the development of Victrex PAEK polymers for various 3D printing processes and have achieved major improvements. Victrex announced the development of the advanced PAEK products for AM, which have special characteristics: A high strength material for laser sintering (LS), a filament with better Z-strength than existing PAEK materials and better printability for filament fusion (FF).
Ian Smith, Marketing Director at Victrex, said, “Victrex is keen to help overcome barriers to adoption and realize the full potential of PAEK/PEEK-based parts produced using AM technology. In order to open up the AM supply chain, we need to continue to work together to develop an eco-system that can address unmet industry needs and accelerate the adoption of PAEK/PEEK for AM technologies. This cooperation with the University of Exeter is one part of Victrex´s efforts to construct that eco-system.”