DSM releases first-ever UL-certified flame-retardant PA6/66 material for open 3D printing systems

Environmentally friendly and UL Blue Card-certified filament to enable new applications in automotive and electronics
 
Geleen, The Netherlands, 31 October 2019 - Royal DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, today announced the release of a new flame-retardant filament material, Novamid® AM1030 FR, the first UL Blue Card-certified filament for open systems. The material enables new applications in the automotive and electronics sectors, amongst others.
 
The UL Blue Card-certified flame-retardant material, Novamid® AM1030 FR presents an attractive solution for manufacturers looking for an easy-to-use, flame-retardant material to run in their open system. The material is certified as V0 at 1.6 and 3.2 mm, and as V2 at 0.85mm. Building upon the strengths of DSM’s Novamid® technology, the PA6/66 material offers manufacturers a high-performance solution for applications in industries such as automotive and electronics.
 
The material was tested in a UL-certified lab with a part built on an S5 printer of DSM’s partner Ultimaker. The UL Blue Card certifies the combination of material and printer. However, as the flame retardant Novamid® AM1030 FR is an open-systems material, any and all manufacturers with access to an open-platform, fused filament fabrication system are able to work with the new material.
 
Nirali Surati, Product Manager Additive Manufacturing at DSM, says: “Moving additive manufacturing to full scale industrial production requires more materials that meet customer and market needs. This innovation in flame-retardant materials unlocks affordable 3D printing for applications that need to meet governmental and industry regulatory standards with regard to flammability.”
 
Novamid® AM1030 FR is a non-halogenated material, making it a logical choice for manufacturers looking for environmentally friendly, high-performance materials.
 
“Accurate, industrial-grade parts”
 
“Because of 3D printing’s continued penetration into industrial applications, we have noticed increasing end-user demand for standardization, predictability, and reliability of FFF 3D printing. Thanks to the collaboration between DSM and Ultimaker, it is now possible for industrial customers to produce functional parts that are validated by safety and compliance company UL (Underwriters Laboratories). UL Blue Card certification enables many applications in the electric and electronics sector. The certification applies specifically to the Novamid AM1030 FR material in combination with the Ultimaker S5 – our easy-to-use 3D printer with a large build volume, high uptime and reliable dual extrusion, created to deliver accurate, industrial-grade parts”, adds Stefan Weyrich, Business Development Manager Materials at Ultimaker.
 
3D printed housing for a lamp in Novamid® AM1030 FR © DSM
 
DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.™
 
Royal DSM is a global purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM’s purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world’s biggest challenges whilst creating simultaneously economic-, environmental- and societal value for all its stakeholders; customers, employees, shareholders, and society-at-large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.



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Claire Theunissen
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