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DSM and CEAD announce partnership to explore new applications and materials in FGF printing

Geleen/Delft, The Netherlands, 16 May 2019 – Royal DSM, a purpose-led performance driven global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living is announcing a new partnership with CEAD, a supplier of 3D-printing equipment focusing on large-scale, highly filled polymer printing. Together, the two companies will explore FGF (Fused Granulate Fabrication) technologies and materials to develop new applications in tooling and end-use parts.

Together, DSM and CEAD will combine their experience in 3D-printing technology and materials to explore innovative application purposes in tooling and end-use parts aimed at the automotive, marine and infrastructure industries. DSM and CEAD will work together to create new materials, update CEAD’s printer and improve both companies’ processes. The partnership is another example of DSM’s ongoing commitment to create a global 3D-printing ecosystem. According to the company, such an ecosystem will enable the growth of the additive manufacturing industry.

Specifically, DSM will be purchasing a CEAD robotic printer, for R&D purposes in a first instance and open for commercial projects via a service partner from September onward. The system features the novel extruder system from CEAD and is placed on a 6-axis robotic arm from Comau and with control software from Siemens. The machine is also equipped with a milling center and scanning unit for post-processing the parts directly on the machine.

With this equipment, CEAD and DSM will be able to create materials profiles optimized for FGF printing. By adding material, process and machine know-how, DSM believes it will be able to unlock the full potential of the FGF printing technology, increasing material and manufacturing options for customers. The cooperation also opens the door to advanced processes like adding continuous fiber combined with highly filled polymers to create applications that would not be possible without this technology.

“By expanding our offering to FGF materials, DSM gives manufacturers across the globe maximal flexibility in choosing the material and technology that best suits their desired application”, explains Patrick Duis, Segment Leader Transportation at DSM Additive Manufacturing. “FGF technology allows us to use highly filled polymers that increase the thermal, mechanical needs and the performance of our application and thus takes us closer to injection molded parts.”

“The relationship between the 3D-printing technology and the materials that are used in the process, are key. Through this collaboration with DSM and their understanding of the materials, we are able to fully leverage the technology to its full potential”, concludesMaarten Logtenberg, CEO of CEAD.

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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.

About CEAD

CEAD is a technology supplier of 3D-printing equipment, and sits on the frontier of large-scale additive manufacturing. CEAD was founded in 2014 by two co-founders of the Dutch 3D-printing company Leapfrog. In 2017 CEAD started the development of Continuous Fiber Additive Manufacturing (CFAM). This technology is unique and patented and allows 3D-printing at high speed with granules and pre-impregnated fibers. In November 2018 CEAD launched the CFAM Prime, a dedicated production machine with a build volume of 2x4x1.5m using this technology. Currently they offer multiple solutions to implement 3D-printing in any production process. More information can be found at www.ceadgroup.com.

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