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Arkema and Raplas enter materials development partnership

To develop high-performance N3xtDimension custom formulations for use in Raplas’ large format SLA 3D printers

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Materials development company, Arkema, has entered a partnership with Raplas, a leading industrial 3D printer manufacturer, to jointly develop a range of high-performance N3xtDimension custom formulations for use in Raplas’ large format stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers. The collaboration will benefit from Arkema’s extensive material expertise for application-specific needs and new market trends.

These materials will be offered for use on Raplas Production Resin machines, which are open platform systems that enable shortened cycle time, high productivity, and large format prints with high resolution. The ready-to-print solutions will give end-users exceptional freedom of performance design to address varying application needs for investment casting, prototyping, and other very demanding industrial applications. The collaboration will also advance more sustainable production processes in the industry.

Arkema and Raplas enter materials development partnership to develop high-performance N3xtDimension custom formulations.
The Arkema and Raplas teams at Rapid+TCT 2023.

“We are very excited to work with Raplas to continue to develop best-in-class materials with overall excellent mechanical properties to foster the adoption of 3D printing to new industrial applications on a large scale,” said Brad Rosen, Global Business Director for 3D Printing at Arkema. “Initial results have shown great success with N3xtDimension formulations on Raplas printers by leading players in major industries.”

“We are pleased that the Raplas Production Resin System installed at Arkema with our Resin Development Kit has been so helpful to improve efficiency and dramatically speed up the development process of these new materials,” said Darrin Dickson, VP of Sales and Marketing at Raplas. “Parts made from custom formulations of N3xtDimension resins built with our Production Resin Systems are in final testing by globally recognized brands, and we are very eager to bring these next-generation materials to market through our joint efforts.”

Raplas is a privately owned company based in the UK with a global customer base. With a fully open system driven by long lifespan industrial components, Raplas Production Resin Systems are recognized as some of the leading systems in the market today.

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