Swiss speciality chemicals company Clariant AG has launched a dedicated 3D printing business to meet the growing demand for the “fast-changing” additive manufacturing markets for 3D printer filaments.
The Muttenz-based company announced 6 Dec that the new business aimed at supplying “customised & professional” 3D printer filaments with extensive colour options and features for the additive manufacturing (AM) market.
The 3D printing business will leverage Clariant’s experience in tailoring polymers for end market applications with pigments, additives and masterbatches in producing “high-grade, 3D printer filaments and specially made solutions.”
Clariant said with its material, application and production expertise, it would work closely with customers on polymer, additive and colorant selection to address typical end-use conditions such as weathering, flame retardancy and electrical properties.
The 3D printing materials, manufactured by Clariant, are available in flexible lot sizes to meet the specific needs of customers.
According to the 2017 report by Terry Wohlers Associates, a leading consulting firm and authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing, AM is growing at a rapid pace globally, with over 28% average annual growth for each of the last 7 years, and generating a total of $6.063bn in sales in 2017.
“At Clariant we have all the capabilities to produce high-grade ready-to-print 3D printer filaments,” said Richard Haldimann, head of New Business Development of Clariant.
According to Haldimann, the existing Clariant production infrastructure will provide a “global footprint” for its 3D printing business.