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3M pioneers 3D printing with PTFE

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3M has developed a patent-pending 3D printing technology as an additional and differentiated way of processing fully-fluorinated polymers. This will enable complex structures to be fabricated without the need to use expensive traditional processing techniques.

Commonly known as 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing is the key term used to describe the process of directly manufacturing three-dimensional physical objects layer by layer using digital information.

This flexible new technology paves the way for the production of polymer structures in a single processing step rather than moulding and assembling component parts. The development also makes it possible to 3D print fluoropolymer-based spare parts and customised designs with a complex geometry on demand.

As part of the development, 3M is pioneering the 3D printing of the fluoropolymer PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) which is used in a wide range of applications such as sealing and lining.

3D printing developing at a rapid pace.
3D printing is developing at a rapid pace and is opening up a number of exciting opportunities for the manufacturing of fully-fluorinated polymers, particularly for PTFE which is a real quantum leap for the industry.

This additional new manufacturing process will provide increased flexibility and accelerate product design cycles as spare parts can be manufactured digitally without the need to create new tools.

Better for the environment
The new technology also offers a more sustainable manufacturing solution due to potential material savings and waste reduction. This is achieved as the traditional method for creating prototype parts from PTFE creates significant waste. With 3D printing, waste is kept to a minimum and unused material can be used for subsequent printing jobs.

 

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