DSM’s New Polypropylene Powder Material Boasts Balance of Properties, Food Contact Approval in Europe

Geleen, The Netherlands, 3 September 2020 – Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced the release of Arnilene® AM6002 (P), an expansion of the company’s powder portfolio for additive manufacturing. The polypropylene material is ideal for 3D printing a wide range of applications across multiple industries.

Manufacturers are looking to utilize additive manufacturing to keep plants running during times of crisis. 3D printing production equipment parts locally helps save time and cost, as well as secure operations to avoid supply chain disruption.

Arnilene® AM6002 (P) has food contact approval in Europe, making it ideal for applications in the food and beverage or nutrition industries, such as conveyor belt guides, sprockets, slides, dosing blocks and creepers. With polypropylene being used extensively in the automotive sector, DSM’s Arnilene® AM6002 (P) is an excellent choice for applications such as dashboard components, interiors and many others in this sector. Additionally, the material is suitable for prototyping polypropylene end-use parts.

SLS 3D printed conveyer belt sprocket using DSM’s new Arnilene® AM6002 (P) (Photo courtesy of Royal DSM)
SLS 3D printed conveyer belt sprocket using DSM’s new Arnilene® AM6002 (P) (Photo courtesy of Royal DSM)

Material specifications
To complement DSM’s recent launch of polypropylene for fused granulate fabrication, Arnilene® AM6001 GF (G), Arnilene® AM6002 (P) for powder bed fusion printing is now available to manufacturers looking to utilize 3D printing while also providing a familiar material they are used to handling.

Arnilene® AM6002 (P) offers robust mechanical, chemical and thermal properties, food contact approval in Europe and the ability to print complex designs. This easy-to-process material can be run on existing selective laser sintering platforms. The material is hydrophobic and can be used to print large batches of engineering grade, tough parts without compromising on economics or ease of post processing. Arnilene® AM6002 (P) can be post-processed via automated post-processing, as well as dyeing. With a 90% reuse rate, the material produces less waste, making it a sustainable solution.

Geoff Gardner, Innovations director Additive Manufacturing at DSM (Photo courtesy of DSM)
Geoff Gardner, Innovations director Additive Manufacturing at DSM (Photo courtesy of DSM)

Geoff Gardner, Innovations Director Additive Manufacturing at DSM, commented: “We are pleased to further extend material choices for 3D printing with this engineering-grade Arnilene® AM6002 (P) powder. This sustainable material is the type of material that manufacturers across many industries are looking for as they move from traditional manufacturing to additive manufacturing, saving production time and cost, as well as maintaining supply chain performance stability year-round.”

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™
Arnilene® is a brand of Royal DSM, a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges while simultaneously creating economic, environmental and societal value for all its stakeholders – customers, employees, shareholders, and society at large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information on Arnilene and DSM’s additive manufacturing activities can be found at www.dsm.com/additive-manufacturing/

Source: DSM

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