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Elkem Silicones to present AMSil lines of silicone solutions for AM

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Elkem Silicones will be present at the upcoming Formnext 2021 show, the leading industry platform for additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing, in Frankfurt in Germany from November, 16th to 19th and will showcase its new technology and products, known as AMSil and AMSil SILBIONE series, to make functional parts based on genuine silicone elastomers by additive manufacturing/3D printing.

The AMSil 20000 series has been developed for use in industrial applications (aerospace, automotive, electronics, equipment etc.). The AMSil series will allow silicones to be used by AM/3DP in digital, connected and distributed manufacturing (Industry 4.0) for a more efficient and sustainable production method.

The AMSil SILBIONE 24000 series is intended for use in restricted medical applications. Elkem Silicones is committed to improving the quality of life of the aging population by combining the performances, durability and biocompatibility of silicones with 3D printing.

As an acknowledgment of these disruptive silicone solutions, Elkem Silicones recently won an award in the worldwide competition 2021 R&D 100 awards, in the Mechanical Materials, category demonstrating the outstanding accomplishment for Elkem Innovation overall.

In line with the open innovation strategy supported in the Elkem group, this work to develop an innovative solutions in additive manufacturing with silicone materials is done close to industrial partners in various industries. As an example of this collaborative business development approach Eriks, a specialized industrial service provider, and Elkem Silicones teamed up for a silicone 3D printing development. Under the course of this partnership, Elkem Silicones will supply products from the AMSil™ range which will be used by Eriks to produce flexible silicone parts.

Elkem Silicones to present AMSil lines of silicone solutions for AM, with AMSil Silbione 24000 for medical and AMSil 20000 for industry

Elkem Silicones has historical and strong Open Innovation relationships with a diversity of partners like academic laboratories, universities, industry clusters, industrial platforms, and manufacturers. To reinforce this ecosystem, Elkem Silicones innovation teams are willing to develop more and more collaboration with new business partners, allowing to accompany innovative new technologies, as in the case of 3Deus Dynamics, a young French start-up developing breakthrough technology in additive manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing is an integral part of Elkem’s Climate Roadmap. Digital and connected, it has many technical advantages and makes a lot of sense when it comes to shifting to a more sustainable production and consumption. Additive Manufacturing allows for very local production, with no shelf-life threat nor scale economies – that often implies mass production – and makes prototyping and small batch sizes easy. Not only will it help our customers reduce waste but also save on transportation and storage costs, two big contributors to the total carbon footprint of end-products.

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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 VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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