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Replique launches Material Hub for 3D printing

The platform now contains a collection of more than 400 polymer materials, compiled in collaboration with more than 25 material providers

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Replique, a provider of a decentralized 3D printing platform for the secure and reliable production of industrial-grade parts, has publicly launched its comprehensive Material Hub for 3D printing, after a successful beta release. The Material Hub now contains a collection of more than 400 polymer materials, compiled in collaboration with more than 25 material providers. This marks a substantial increase – doubling the number of materials available since its initial introduction at Formnext in November 2023.

In the beta phase, the hub helped numerous companies, institutions, and partners to access and filter for the right 3D printing materials in seconds. “Replique’s Material Hub significantly accelerates the material selection process. Just recently we have searched for a material that fulfills our high flame retardancy requirements as part of a new 3D printing project. Thanks to Replique’s support we were able to find the right material fast and efficiently. This Material Hub will become a part of our daily-basis tools to help us to develop 3D printing,” said Mathilde Lepilliez, Innovation Manager and 3D Printing Engineer at Alstom.

Replique’s Material Hub offers a multitude of benefits and features to engineers, purchasers, and researchers. Users can easily navigate the hub thanks to technical filtering options to find the ideal materials for their specific applications – saving time and costs associated with manual research. Detailed technical specifications, industry standards, and application fields are provided for each material – ensuring informed decision-making. Additionally, printer manufacturers, service providers, and other stakeholders can benefit from the collective knowledge within the database – fostering collaboration and innovation within the 3D printing community.

Replique launches Material Hub for 3D printing - now containing a collection of more than 400 polymer materials.

With this public launch, Replique has incorporated performance improvements based on user feedback, including an optimized search function. This allows users to either search on a detailed level, for example, direction-dependent mechanical properties, or on a more beginner-friendly level. This also allows less experienced users to use the tool efficiently and get a head-start on their adoption of AM. Once a suitable material is identified, users can also directly request a quote to get their parts produced through Replique or reach out to the material provider to clarify further details.

“We are thrilled with the positive reception of our Material Hub during the beta phase. The public launch marks an important step in our mission to democratize access to additive manufacturing. We are committed to continuously enhancing the platform to meet the evolving needs of our users,” said Dr. Max Siebert, CEO and Co-Founder of Replique.

Looking to the future, Replique is expanding the capabilities of the Material Hub with more features and materials. While the current focus is on polymers, adding metal materials is already planned. Material providers interested in showcasing their materials are encouraged to reach out to Replique directly.

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