Press Release • July 19th, 2018
Eastman introduces 3D approach to full-scale manufacturing with new polymer for laser sintering, selects industry veteran as distributor.
Advanced Laser Materials selected as distributor for superior capabilities, expertise and knowledge of 3D printing materials for laser sintering. New polymer material has 100 percent reusability, competitive pricing and superior properties to drive innovation for automotive, footwear and medical industries, and for parts service bureaus.
As the market for industrial 3D printing technology grows at an exponential rate, so does the global demand for new 3D production materials. Eastman Chemical Company, a global advanced materials and specialty additives company, announces Amphora™ SP1621 — its first-ever, powder-based material for industrial 3D printing. Amphora SP1621 powder will be manufactured in collaboration with Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), a company specializing in material research, development and consultation for industrial 3D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing (AM).
“Together with our customers, we’re realizing the value and potential industrial 3D printing has for the industries we support,” said Bill McAdams, Marketing Director of Emerging Markets in Specialty Plastics at Eastman. “Eastman’s long history of innovation and manufacturing capabilities allows it to work with companies like ALM to offer specifically designed materials that provide customers with enhanced customization, efficiency and productivity.”
“Together with our customers, we’re realizing the value and potential industrial 3D printing has for the industries we support,”
After careful research, Eastman chose to work with ALM to offer a material specifically for a laser sintering (LS) process. Preferred for creating high quality, functional parts, LS employs a laser to sinter powdered material at points in space defined by 3D modeling. ALM specializes in creating materials designed and optimized for laser sintering. In collaboration with Eastman, ALM is expanding the types and functionalities of materials available for use in the LS process.
Amphora™ SP1621: The advanced, production-ready material for laser sintering.
Traditionally, AM has been used primarily to make prototypes and low-volume, customizable products. Large-scale manufacturing was hindered by a narrow choice of materials and limited printing technologies. Eastman Amphora™ SP1621 challenges these limitations.
Eastman Amphora™ SP1621 3D polymer is a superior performing material that enables new product designs from concept to solid 3D objects in a fraction of the time it takes for traditional manufacturing. The uniquely tailored properties enable Amphora SP1621 to have the following in-process and post-production capabilities:
- High recyclability: Amphora SP1621 has 100 percent recyclability, eliminating powder waste in the laser sintering process because it can be sifted and reused.
- Toughness and flexibility: This advanced elastomer delivers superior abrasion, tear, and fatigue resistance needed for automotive interiors. It can also flex, bend, and stay soft after production, making it ideal for applications such as athletic shoes and insoles.
- Ease of Processing: Unlike some other materials, Amphora SP1621 requires limited post-processing, saving time and the cost associated with polishing, painting, infiltration, and dyeing.
ALM as material synthesis and distribution partner
ALM uses materials science to provide unique laser sintering powders designed for unique applications. Founded in 2004, chemists and researchers have unmatched expertise that help shape ideas into high-quality, engineered components. The company’s expertise and services were exactly what Eastman was looking for in a full-service powder manufacturer and distributor.
- Centralized location with a global distribution network: ALM’s headquarters is designed to produce powders in all its various forms, allowing for flexible material development/processing in one location that’s then distributed through a vast network around the globe.
- Unmatched breadth of capabilities: From the moment ALM sources raw materials from Eastman, they do everything from grinding, heat treating, compounding and advanced laboratory services to maximize its performance in the laser sintering process.
- Tested quality and cross-OEM expertise: ALM is ISO 9001 certified and each one of the more than 40 commercial materials they produce is quality tested to meet company or industry needs. In addition to its central role of providing specialized materials on EOS platforms, ALM routinely supplies materials for sale across the whole powder bed AM industry including many other OEMs of 3D printing platforms.
“We’re proud to be collaborating with Eastman to make materials that our customers need,” said Donnie Vanelli, president of ALM. “The first material we will offer with them is one of the most advanced in the polymer market today and expands our offering to customers who prefer the quality of laser sintering 3D printing.
Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) specializes in material research, development and consultation for industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Founded in 2004, ALM remains focused on providing customers with application-specific, quality-tested materials and engineering support to meet the most complex product specifications and production requirements. ALM offers the largest selection of laser sintering solutions with onsite capabilities to produce standard and specialized materials in varying quantities. Based in Temple, Texas, ALM is a wholly owned subsidiary of EOS Group.
Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,500 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.