Apollo 3D: Materials and Sneak Peek 3D-Printer (VIDEO)
Apollo 3D is one of the first in the world to develop a 3D printer that can make products from high quality polymers. Our products have high mechanical, thermal and chemical properties which are almost equivalent to metal properties.
The materials we use at Apollo 3D can be divided into the following two categories:
- High performance thermoplastics,
- Engineering thermoplastics.
After being categorised into these groups, some thermoplastics are further divided into the thermoplastics as shown in the picture below. This blogpost gives a short overview and describes some characteristics of these two categories.
High performance thermoplastics
High performance thermoplastics meet higher requirements than other plastics. They are mainly distinguished by their temperature stability, their superior mechanical properties and their outstanding chemical resistance. Most high-performance plastics specialise in maximum performance on a single property and are used in very specific applications. Besides, these plastics have the potential to replace advanced metal, ceramic and other composite parts. This results in lower costs, weight reduction, higher flexible designs, reductions in secondary processing and improved product performance.
The thermoplastics within this category don’t perform as well as the high performance thermoplastics but they still have better mechanical and/or thermal properties than other, widely used plastics. Engineering plastics are more expensive than commonly used plastics and are therefore produced in lower quantities and smaller objects or low-volume applications.
Behind the scenes at Apollo 3D