The University of Exeter and PAEK polymer solutions company Victrex have entered into a strategic partnership to jointly develop new additive (AM) products.
Driven by Victrex R&D and the University of Exeter's Additive Manufacturing Center (CALM), the partnership will develop the next generation of PAEK polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying additive manufacturing process.
It is reported that the development of new PAEK materials will benefit the medical field and enable the use of PAEK 3D printing materials to manufacture medical devices for patient-specific implants.
Speaking of this collaboration, Prof. Oana Ghita, leader of CALM at the University of Exeter, said: “We are pleased to be able to work with Victrex on R&D in high performance materials and additive manufacturing processes to meet today's and tomorrow's needs and application."
“The new PAEK polymer-based composites will provide designers and developers with the best performance in the additive manufacturing process and turn additive manufacturing into a high-performance production tool,” he added.
Potential benefits of using PAEK polymers for 3D printing include the ability to quickly prototype parts, provide engineers with more design freedom, increase economics, reduce processing waste, and better 3D printing.
Victrex believes that PAEK and PEEK 3D printed materials will be particularly suitable for the two major industries of aerospace and medical. Because PAEK and PEEK 3D printing materials can combine multiple parts into one design while producing new part designs that are difficult to machine.
In the medical field, PAEK 3D printing materials are capable of manufacturing medical devices for patient-specific implants.