Royal DSM and Nedcam have announced their collaboration to improve access to scalable Fused Granulate Fabrication (FGF) 3D printing. Nedcam will be offering FGF 3D printing using DSM materials and the two companies will explore new applications in tooling, large-size and circular end-use parts.
Nedcam recently added a CEAD AM Flexbot robotic 3D printer to its site in Heerenveen. Collaborating with DSM on material and 3D printing technology, Nedcam will offer commercial 3D printing production services to manufacturers looking for large-size applications, using DSM’s optimized pellet materials.
The two companies will also collaborate to develop and test new materials, processes and applications and will bring innovative solutions to markets requiring large-size 3D printing, such as marine, renewable energy, construction and infrastructure. They are currently collaborating closely with Royal HaskoningDHV for slicing of structural elements.
“At DSM we believe that FGF is a critical technology to address the need for manufacturing structural and large-size components using highly filled polymers at competitive production lead times,” said Pieter Leen, Application Development Specialist Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “Nedcam provides an important link between product development and market demand and their printing activities will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing.”
The cooperation also opens the door for the two companies to realize their common ambition to drive manufacturing into more sustainable and circular processes. Nedcam currently produces plugs and molds from various materials, including glass fiber reinforced composites and steel, often for single or limited use, resulting in tons of waste every year. FGF production using recyclable materials offers a route to a more sustainable process.
“We absolutely want to reduce the waste in our production process and go circular,” said Erwin van Maaren, Co-founder and Commercial Director at Nedcam. By combining DSM’s 3D printing and thermoplastics expertise with our production knowledge and production facilities, we want take the necessary steps toward a sustainable and fully circular model production process.”
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