When a big company makes a big commitment to a big technology, it tends to be big news — and SABIC is taking this literally, as the company showcased some big parts last week at RAPID + TCT in Pittsburgh. Sanjay Mishra, PhD, General Manager, Technology & Innovation, and Keith Cox, Senior Business Manager, Additive Manufacturing Specialties, detailed some of the diversified chemical giant’s latest commitments to and announcements in the 3D printing industry as we sat down to talk at the crowded SABIC booth. The two were well-positioned guides in the company, as Mishra is responsible for R&D operations, in which additive manufacturing is currently playing a big role, and Cox is helping to position SABIC in the AM value chain.
“We’re really excited to be launching new products,” Mishra told me. “Two to three years back SABIC announced focus and resources in material development to advance additive manufacturing technologies. We have new things that address the gamut of additive manufacturing.”
He referenced new filaments launching that day for FDM, as well as new technology in SLS, and materials for large-scale 3D printing. The common theme, he said, is differentiated and unique offerings with a vision underscoring their line to enable the move from prototyping to real product manufacturing. Cox added that the new materials are intended as part of a refill model for the Stratasys Fortus line, as they are also able to supply the chip for each material canister to be used and identified in a Fortus 3D printer; they not limited to Fortus applications, though, and can be put to use in other 3D printers. The materials intended for large-format 3D printing include eight materials made using four reinforced (with 20% carbon fiber or glass fiber) base resins: ABS, PPE, ULTEM, and polycarbonate. These, Cox said, are a natural fit for large-format, high-strength 3D printing, and process very well.
Examples of 3D printed components at SABIC’s booth provided…