Polyplastics’ new 3D printing technology for DURACON(R) POM accelerates the product development cycle


TOKYO, September 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Polyplastics Co., Ltd., one of the world’s leading suppliers of engineering thermoplastics, has developed three-dimensional (3D) printing technology for the production of DURACON(R) polyoxymethylene (POM) products. The technology, known as material extrusion (MEX), offers physical properties close to those of injection-molded items despite 3D printing. Polyplastics will showcase new 3D printing technology at the upcoming K 2022 show (Hall 7A/B02) taking place October 19-26 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

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The MEX process can also be applied in preliminary evaluations of physical properties, functions, durability, and other properties without the need for a mold, helping to speed up the product development cycle. The MEX process is a typical 3D printing technology that uses thermoplastic resin materials. Using resin filaments as the input material, this method produces 3D structures by repeatedly tracing and layering while depositing molten material extruded through a tiny nozzle. Typically, only amorphous resins or resins with low crystallinity (e.g. ABS, polyamide) were suitable for use in the MEX 3D printing process. The high crystallinity and rapid crystallization rate of POM made it unsuitable for use in the MEX 3D printing process.

To address the limitations of POM, Polyplastics’ MEX 3D printing technology combines a more appropriate selection of POM grades with printing conditions optimized for their crystallization behavior. In addition to accelerating the product development cycle, MEX technology could also be targeted for low-volume manufacturing of custom products.

Polyplastics is seeking a patent for the DURACON(R) POM 3D printing technology and, in parallel, the company is developing additional DURACON(R) POM filament materials for use in 3D printing, including enhanced grades. The company also accepts requests for actual product trial samples.

For more information visit https://www.polyplastics-global.com/en/approach/13.html

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*DURACON (R) is a registered trademark of Polyplastics Co., Ltd. in Japan and other countries.

SOURCE Polyplastics Co., Ltd.


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