3D Printing Design Challenge Solvay Launches 3rd Edition of International AM Cup Competition

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Solvay along with its partners L’Oréal and Ultimaker have launched the additive manufacturing (AM) competition wherein students, engineers and manufacturers from across the globe can send in their innovative design for a 3D-printed real application.

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Solvay’s range of AM ready materials comprises (from left to right): Ketaspire PEEK AM Filament, Solef PVDF AM Filament, Ketaspire PEEK AM Filament CF10 and the Radel PPSU AM Filament.
Solvay’s range of AM ready materials comprises (from left to right): Ketaspire PEEK AM Filament, Solef PVDF AM Filament, Ketaspire PEEK AM Filament CF10 and the Radel PPSU AM Filament.
(Source: Solvay)

Brussels/Belgium – Solvay is partnering with L’Oréal, the world’s beauty leader, and Ultimaker, the global leader in professional 3D printing, to launch the third edition of its international Additive Manufacturing (AM) Cup competition. The contest gives students, engineers and manufacturers from around the world the chance to demonstrate their aptitude for 3D printing and create an innovative design for a 3D-printed real application.

Solvay has taken a lead in the rapidly evolving AM market and offers a growing range of specialty polymer filaments for applications in today’s most challenging industries.

“Solvay’s AM Cup was introduced to showcase Solvay’s array of AM ready filaments and their potential for diverse complex industrial uses,” explained Brian Alexander, AM Global Product & Application Manager at Solvay. “We are pleased to collaborate with L’Oréal who offer a tangible and challenging industrial application and partner with Ultimaker to 3D print our candidates’ designs for assessment. Solvay continues to build a robust and diversified AM ecosystem encompassing key partnerships in the value chain to offer our customers high-performance 3D printable polymers and meet the rapid developments of a once niche-technology.”

This partnership aims to develop a real-word industrial application, revolutionizing production line agility, and further accentuates the importance of optimizing materials, hardware and processes together when designing a successful 3D printing project.

The material to be used has been specifically chosen from Solvay’s portfolio of high-performance filaments and powders for 3D printing comprising Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), Ketaspire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) filaments, which include medical and carbon fiber filled grades.

Candidates are invited to consult the competition details and register their interest in participating on Solvay’s AM Cup portal by September 30, 2021 the latest.

The competition will start on September 1, 2021 and run through to mid-November.

The winner will be announced in January 2022 and will receive approximately 5,000-dollar prize from Solvay to be reinvested in academic, societal or entrepreneurial activities, an Ultimaker 2+ Connect printer and a high-profile tour of L’Oréal’s production facilities.

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