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USA: Additive Manufacturing Arkema Invests in Polymer Resins Producing Firm Adaptive 3D

Editor: Ahlam Rais

The American start-up company Adaptive 3D develops premium polymer resins for additive manufacturing. Arkema’s investment in the firm will complement the company’s expertise in UV liquid resin material design and its commitment to accelerate 3D printing manufacturing technology development.

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With the investment in Adaptive 3D, Arkema takes a new milestone that will create exciting opportunities for new applications in footwear, medical, automotive and electronic appliances, among others.
With the investment in Adaptive 3D, Arkema takes a new milestone that will create exciting opportunities for new applications in footwear, medical, automotive and electronic appliances, among others.
(Source: Arkema)

France – Arkema leads the Series B investment in Adaptive 3D, an innovative company and premium additive manufacturing photopolymer resin supplier. This investment complements Arkema’s expertise in UV liquid resin material design and its commitment to accelerate 3D printing manufacturing technology development.

Adaptive 3D, through cutting-edge technologies, offers solutions enabling soft and elastomer end-products. The start-up sells photopolymer resins to enable additive manufacturing of tough, strain-tolerant, tear-resistant rubbers. Adaptive 3D printable photo-resins are optimised for high-throughput manufacturing of functional complex 3-dimensional plastic and rubber parts in a wide range of applications in the consumer goods, healthcare, industrial, transportation and oil and gas markets.

Through its Sartomer’s activity and its pioneering N3xt Dimension range of advanced UV curable liquid resins, Arkema and Adaptive 3D have already succeeded in many technical and commercial developments. With this announcement, the companies aim to partner across the end points of an additive manufacturing ecosystem, from new material development, scaled specialty resin manufacturing, to functional end-use parts, to deliver market leading materials solutions at scale. Arkema, specialising in many other material technologies like photoinitiators and thio-based materials, can further enhance Adaptive 3D product offerings through custom solutions.

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With this investment in Adaptive 3D, Arkema takes a new milestone that will create exciting opportunities for new applications in footwear, medical, automotive and electronic appliances, among others. With materials developed to best meet market needs, both consumers and producers stand to benefit from the specialty and sustainable high-performance solutions developed by Arkema and Adaptive 3D.

"Challenging the aging model of injection-molded rubbers, Adaptive 3D is now scaling production and distribution to deliver shelf-stable, print-stable, one-part photoresins that yield superior, manufactured end parts. Our resins enable customers to topologically optimise and micro-architect their polymeric products to provide a sustainable competitive advantage now," says Walter Voit, Founder and CEO of Adaptive 3D.

"Arkema is a global leader in supplying specialty materials to enable sustainable, innovative solutions to manufacturing technologies. Adaptive 3D photo-resins, based on Arkema materials and now validated in the market, further our customer-focused mission to reach into new application spaces. Adaptive 3D delivers compelling materials properties with an ease of printing and post processing—a great step forward for the whole additive manufacturing field," says Sumeet Jain, Senior Director of 3D Printing Worldwide at Arkema.

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