Additive Manufacturing – Material Development
Additive manufacturing has already found its way into the industrial production of small- and medium-scale series and is becoming increasingly important. Beside the further development of the 3D printing machines, an extension of the material range is essential for market penetration. By developing new materials with customized properties, further application fields for plastic parts produced by additive manufacturing are being accessed.
At the SKZ new materials for selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modeling (FDM) are developed. All the necessary tools for research and development activities along the entire process chain are provided at the SKZ, from material formulations adjusted by compounding through the transformation into powder (SLS) or filament (FDM) to the testing on free parameterizable laser sintering machine and FDM printers. Different extruders for compound production, a laboratory mill, numerous analysis devices for powder characterization as well as a wire extrusion line with a laser measuring head for inline controlling of the filament diameter are available.