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Autodesk, Arkema and Farsoon partner to advance polymer AM

Three way deal combining hardware, software and materials

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Working together, Autodesk, Arkema and Farsoon are developing an optimized software, hardware, and advanced materials ecosystem with the goal of accelerating industrial production with polymer laser sintering.

When hardware, software and materials are developed together, it simplifies the design to print process, making it easier for customers to adopt polymer additive processes in a production environment. The three companies will showcase their latest collaborative developments at the upcoming TCT Asia show in Shanghai, February 21 to 23.

“This evolving market needs much more than materials alone. It is essential to enable and leverage key strategic partnerships throughout the digital design and manufacturing chain. It’s all about synergies,” said Guillaume De Crevoisier, Arkema’s global business director for 3D printing.

The goal is to create the best possible customer experience. Autodesk, a leading global software company leverages its state-of-the-art end-to-end design and manufacturing software capabilities optimized for Farsoon’s leading polymer laser sintering hardware and open platform system. From an advanced materials standpoint, Arkema, a global designer of advanced materials, offers industry-leading polymer performance with its biobased Rilsan polyamide 11 material – a polymer with superior strength and durability, and a seventy year legacy in extreme applications around the world.

Farsoon HT100
The automotive HVAC ventilation unit measures 950 × 440 × 218 mm and was 3D printed as a single piece in 10 hours with Farsoon’s FS3300PA nylon 1212 powder.

As a result of this collaboration, companies using Autodesk’s Netfabb and Fusion 360 software can easily select the machine and material configuration optimized for process parameters validated by both Farsoon and Arkema. Integrating the processing parameters of Arkema’s polyamide 11 and Farsoon’s advanced hardware within Autodesk’s software enables users to easily access the information they need to accelerate a complete workflow from design to print.

“With this collaboration, we have also introduced Rilsan polyamide 11 as a materials option into our generative design technology,” said Leanne Gluck, Additive Manufacturing Strategy Lead, Autodesk. “This makes it possible for Fusion 360 customers to rapidly create hundreds of generative design outcomes that are ready to print.”

By fostering an open ecosystem which encourages the easy collaboration of machine, software, and material companies, the future of additive manufacturing will have a wider range of possibilities when it comes to application development. Farsoon, a company with a strong technical background in laser sintering technology as well as material sciences, has championed open systems since its founding. By offering a full line of polymer and metal laser sintering and melting systems, all with open parameters and materials, Farsoon is well suited to working with Arkema materials as well as integrating with Autodesk software.

“We are very excited to take part in this three-way collaboration along with Autodesk and Arkema,” said Don Xu, Farsoon’s global business director.  “Our three companies bring unique expertise in complementary fields related to polymer additive manufacturing and I look forward to bringing new and innovative solutions to the industry.”

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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