Plastics have been important to additive manufacturing since the technology's earliest days. The impressive mechanical and chemical properties of these powders make it ideal for Additive Manufacturing (AM). These characteristics similarly give 3D-printed plastics and polymers an edge in their main areas of application, such as aerospace, health care, rapid prototyping, the creation of key industrial components and more.
EOS uses the selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printing process in our leading-edge plastics printers. As with our metal powders, the plastics and polymers and our portfolio all go through comprehensive quality assurance: Not only do our experts assess the materials themselves, but they also fabricate test parts to get a more accurate idea of their sturdiness in actual use environments.
EOS offers two nylon powders for additive manufacturing technology: white polyamide 12 (the most tested additive manufacturing material available on the market) and polyamide 11. Polyamides in both categories are used for rapid prototyping, automotive and aerospace. EOS offers flame-retardant variants of polyamide 12, and provides a climate-neutral polyamide 11 powder for customers looking to maximize sustainability.
For applications requiring polymers that are not merely flame-retardant but fireproof, polyaryletherketones (PAEKs) are an ideal choice. As such, they are becoming increasingly prevalent in automotive, aerospace, rail and industrial applications. Additionally, because PAEK polymers are biocompatible and sterilizable, the medical device industry has embraced them for implant creation.
Because of their malleability, thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are useful for many contexts in which it's critical to bend without breaking. Examples include footwear and athletic gear, automotive tubes and gaskets, and parts traditionally made using foam or polyvinyl chloride (PVC).