Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a manufacturing process in which objects are built layer by layer from powder, pellets, or filament materials.
The main additive manufacturing methods include fused filament manufacturing (FFF), stereolithography (SLA), selective laser sintering (SLS) and direct ink writing (DIW), among others. Each of these methods uses different technologies to incrementally deposit, solidify or bond the material.
Additive manufacturing is constantly evolving and has become a valuable tool for innovation and manufacturing in many fields by offering new design and production possibilities.
At AIMPLAS, we are expanding our services within the additive manufacturing sector on a daily basis to cover all areas of the 3D printing industry. We are focusing our specialization on the research of new materials.
The development of additive manufacturing materials not only involves knowing the possibilities offered by different application technologies, but also taking advantage of the qualities and properties they provide with the aim of making full use of all the potential of manufacturing new products.
ABS and PLA are the most widely used materials in the 3D industry, but their properties are sometimes insufficient for certain applications.
Depending on the requirements of the final product, we can modify the polymers with additives to give them different properties and functions.
Material solutions for 3D printing
At AIMPLAS, we develop advanced materials for different technologies. One of the main solutions is the development of advanced high-performance materials with special properties for fused filament fabrication (FFF), fused granulate fabrication (FGF) and selective laser sintering (SLS).
We formulate advanced materials by making physical and chemical modification to meet client requirements. We help you optimize your filament, pellet and powder manufacturing process. The materials are processed at our pilot plants and we then provide assistance with scale up on your company premises.
- Recycled materials.
- Bioplastic materials and materials with improved biocompatibility.
- High-performance materials.
- Materials containing fillers and reinforcements (of natural or synthetic origin).
- Materials with electrical/magnetic properties.
- Materials with 4D properties.
- Flexible materials.
All these developments are backed up by characterization in our laboratories to support the features obtained.
We have the best equipment to be able to provide comprehensive service, including compounding and extrusion equipment, and additive manufacturing machines that enable us to carry out prototype tests and even produce final parts for any technology.
- JCR600 printing FFF
- Ultimaker 3+ printing FFF
- NX PRO-DUAL Pellet printing FFF and FGF
- BCN3D Epsilon W27 printing FFF
- Formlabs Form 2 printing SLA
- Markforged Mark2 printing CCF
- Multi-Tool Pilot plant printing (FFF,FGF and DIW)
We take into account the requirements of the application and your company, as well as the advantages and limitations of the additive manufacturing technologies we can apply
If necessary, we develop customized materials based on your needs, such as electrically conductive, fire-resistant, recycled and bio-based plastics.
We characterize samples and end products while taking into account their future recovery through recycling or their compostability.