Solvay has announced an agreement with polymer 3D printing company Stratasys to develop additive manufacturing (AM) filaments for use in Stratasys’ 3D printers.

The AM filament will reportedly be based on Solvay’s Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) polymer and will meet FAR 25.853 compliance requirements for use in aerospace applications.  Both companies aim to commercialize the filament in 2020.

Radel PPSU grades are suitable for use in aircraft cabin interior components and are compliant with all commercial and regulatory requirements for flammability, smoke density, heat release, and toxic gas emissions, the company said.

‘The combination of Solvay’s materials’ selection and expertise with Stratasys’ high quality, repeatable 3D printing capabilities will open up new possibilities for additive manufacturing in more of the industries that we serve today for ‘traditional’ manufacturing,’ said Christophe Schramm, business manager at Solvay.

This story uses material from Solvay, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.