Additive Manufacturing (AM) has demonstrated the ability to transform the way products are developed and manufactured across industries, but the technology remains quite limited in the range of polymeric materials available. Expansion of AM material technology is accelerating as conventional material suppliers enter the industry.
3M’s Advanced Materials division is focused on AM solutions for fluorinated materials, specialty composites, and ceramics and specifically, has developed a disruptive new 3D printing technology for polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) – the first fully fluorinated material for AM. Fluoropolymers are established as a material of choice for extreme environments as they provide nearly universal chemical resistance and exceptional temperature stability (from -200 to +260 °C). That said, they’ve been limited in many applications by the constraints of conventional manufacturing methods. 3M’s new technology combines the design freedom of AM with the performance of fluoropolymers to unlock new use cases for PTFE across industries.
This presentation will review 3M’s unique solutions for 3D printed PTFE parts, and also provide an overview of future directions.
- The first fully fluorinated material for AM
- Benefits and the future of PTFE