High performance materials
For high demanding applications
High performance materials have a permeable operating temperature above 150 °C, have a high level of thermomechanical property.
These materials, characterized by high glass transition and melting temperatures, are the best candidates for replacing metals. They provide good friction properties, lightness and very good chemical resistance. These polymers are available on the market both in their raw or loaded version (fiberglass, carbon, etc.).
They are obviously among the most demanding candidates for treatment by any system, including Pam printers. The New Pam Series P - High temperature is the latest Pollen AM innovation dedicated to performance materials.
Thermoplastic material classification
From standard to high-performance thermoplastics.
Pam 3D printers are dedicated to industrial materials with thermoplastic behavior treatment; from injection moulding thermoplastics to PIM feedstocks.Thermoplastics are usually classified into different categories according to their polymer families and their temperature resistance.
There are three polymer families: amorphous, semi-crystalline and elastomers, they are subdivided into three thermal categories : standard materials, performance materials and high-performance materials.
Thermoplastics with an amorphous structure are generally transparent and tend to be less sensitive to crack propagation (higher toughness). Due to their high-dimensional stability, they are suitable for precision parts.
Semi-crystalline thermoplastics are generally opaque, rigid and have good chemical resistance.
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are a category in their own right due to their heterogeneous structure consisting of flexible and rigid domains, they are located halfway between crosslinked elastomers and thermoplastics.
As a dedicated technology inspired by micro-extrusion techniques, the Pam Technology is meant to 3D print most kinds of thermoplastic polymers.