DSM introduces EcoPaXX bio-based material

3D pellet printing structural and tooling applications

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Nesting fixture in EcoPaXX AM4001 GF (G)

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, recently announced the introduction of EcoPaXX AM4001 GF (G), a high-performance material for fused granulate fabrication or 3D pellet printing. This 3D printing optimized version of the EcoPaXX material used in end-use parts is a fit-for-purpose material that delivers on performance and sustainability.

Producing automotive tooling and structural parts using additive manufacturing makes geometry or internal structure changes easier and shortens production time, as it eliminates steps in the production process. Similarly, costs are reduced throughout the entire product lifecycle, from component production and assembly, to vehicle testing and low volume vehicle production. By using sustainable polymers for metal replacement, car manufacturers can meet two sustainability goals at once – lower emissions standards by building lightweight cars and reduce their manufacturing carbon footprint.

EcoPaXX AM4001 GF (G), a polyamide PA410, combines all the features needed for additively manufacturing automotive tooling and structural parts with pellet printing or fused granulate fabrication (FGF), a technology for printing strong and stiff industrial parts fast and economically. The material has excellent thermal and mechanical properties with low moisture uptake, excellent chemical resistance, and good surface properties as well as 42% bio-based content based on ISO 16620-1 2015(E). DSM’s proprietary PA410 technology in EcoPaXX ensures lower moisture uptake than classical PA6/66 whilst being a sustainable, easy to print and post-process, bio-based material.

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Geoff Gardner, Innovations director Additive Manufacturing at DSM

Geoff Gardner, Innovations director Additive Manufacturing at DSM, says, “EcoPaXX AM4001 GF (G) is the first 3D printing material based on DSM’s established bio-based engineering material EcoPaXX, an industry-leading engineering material used in traditional manufacturing for industrial applications. A combination of DSM’s proprietary technology and the power of nature’s building blocks derived from castor plants, the material is ideal for pellet printing automotive structural parts combining mechanical performance with a wide temperature range.”

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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