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Victrex, University of Exeter Partner to Develop PAEK Usage in Additive Manufacturing

With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, Victrex and the University of Exeter (U.K.) have formed a strategic partnership to develop and introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites into the AM process.

One potential application for PAEK used with AM is for patient-specific implants, according to Victrex.

Victrex recently announced the development of two PAEK products designed for AM: a high-strength material for laser sintering that, Victrex claims, lowers refresh rates, resulting in improved recycling for unsintered powder; and a filament with increased Z-strength compared to existing PAEK materials and improved printability for filament fusion, Victrex says.

“Victrex is keen to help overcome barriers to adoption and realize the full potential of PAEK/PEEK (polyetheretherketone)-based parts produced using AM technology," said Ian Smith, Victrex Marketing Director. “In order to open up the AM supply chain, we need to continue to work together to develop an eco-system that can address unmet industry needs and accelerate the adoption of PAEK/PEEK for AM technologies. This cooperation with the University of Exeter is one part of Victrex´s efforts to construct that eco-system.”

Victrex's service offerings include material selection, part design, tool specifications, processing trials, assembly methods and prototype evaluation. 

Source: Victrex