High-performance plastics for 3D printingJonathan Fuller | April 14, 2020
3D printing is increasingly used in diverse applications, from a maker’s garage workshop to an automotive manufacturer’s production line. This huge range of uses means a wide variety of materials are used in 3D printing, including metals, polymers like nylon and polypropylene, and even metal- and wood-filled filaments.
In the polymer space, ABS and PLA are low-cost options that provide sufficient strength to craft figurines and other objects, and polycarbonate and nylon can be used to create engineering-grade parts. But high-performance 3D-printing in the aerospace, automotive and medical device industries requires thermoplastic materials like polyether ether ketone (PEEK) and polyetherketoneketone (PEKK).
The primary advantage of materials like PEEK and PEKK is their semi-crystalline structure. In contrast to commodity polymers like ABS, high-performance thermoplastics exhibit superior characteristics in 3D-printed parts, such as mechanical strength, thermal resistance and suitability for biological and medical applications.
Learn more about PEEK, PEKK and other high-performance thermoplastics in this free on-demand webinar presented by AON3D.