Will it print? – Presented by Wim Zoetelief, DSM Ahead

Will it print? – Presented by Wim Zoetelief, DSM Ahead BV at the 3D Printing Materials Conference which will take place on 2 February 2017 at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands.

DSM Engineering Plastics and Nexeo entered the industrial 3D printing market with engineering polymers that are specially developed for 3D printing. For high load applications we have developed two polyamides (PA) and a polyester (PETP) and for flexibility a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). Printability of polymers in the FFF-process includes processing as well as aspects of part performance. Understanding the thermal history in relation with the polymer characteristics is key in improving its printability. In DSM we developed predictive modelling tools for detailed understanding of various aspect of the printing process. In this presentation, the question raised in the title will be answered with some examples.

About Wim Zoetelief
After finishing my PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology I continued working in the field of polymer processing and applied rheology at Philips Research and for the past 19 years at DSM. My interests and experience are in investigating the material behavior in various polymer processing techniques via numerical simulations and experiments.

About DSM Ahead BV
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. DSM Ahead Materials Science Center is a solution provider for materials processing and properties related problems within the materials cluster.