More and more companies are considering taking advantage of the 3D printing of granules. With some of the biggest challenges companies face being the material limitations associated with filament production, interest in using pellets instead has been on the rise in recent years. Because of this, new materials have been specially designed for 3D printing of pellets, such as polypropylene.
Polypropylene is the most widely used polymer in industry; however, it is rarely used in additive manufacturing. This is because it is a challenging material when working with FFF (Fused Filament Fabrication) or FGF (Fused Granular Fabrication). This is due in particular to poor adhesion between layers and the tendency of the material to warp. However, these can be overcome with the development of a ecosystem formed by products especially designed a be use in 3D Print along with print parameter optimization and technical support to help printers achieve the best print results while minimizing time and effort.
In the webinar, “Printing with Polypropylene Pellets: Benefits and Applications,” attendees were able to learn about this ecosystem and the new trends related to PP in 3D printing. Experts from Repsol, IT3D and Lowpoly spoke about the development of polypropylene materials for printing granules. Check out the replay below!
Eva Garcia Biosca He is a Consulting Engineer for Repsol Química SA. She has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the Sarrià Chemical Institute in Barcelona and has more than 20 years of experience in Research and Development projects at Repsol. In particular, her fields of expertise include polymer process and optimization, innovation and new product development.
Dr AS Tony Iborra Graduated in Chemistry from the University of Valencia (UVEG), with stays at the University of Manchester (UK) and the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (UCA). He has an MBA in International Finance and Investments from the University of North Carolina. He started his research career at the University of Southampton, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry for his research based on materials with photocatalytic properties and where he also carried out teaching activities. He has presented his work at national and international conferences (Oxford University, E-MRS Strasbourg), as well as published peer-reviewed articles in first quartile scientific journals. He is a professor at the Francisco de Vitoria University (UFV) and Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University (FSU) teaching Chemistry I / II and Experimental Laboratory. Since 2021 he leads the commercial strategy and positioning of the NovaSpider Project at IT3D GROUP.
Gianluca Pugliese is a specialist in 3D printing. In 2018 he founded LOWPOLY in Madrid, a company dedicated to sustainability in the field of large format 3D printing, researching and developing new technologies and sustainable materials. He is specialized in retail, decoration and interior design projects for various international brands. In addition, he is a professor of 3D printing and digital crafts at IED Madrid, LCI Barcelona and IE Business School. In 2014 he exhibited at the Venice Biennale In 2018 he was a consultant for UNESCO Mexico. In 2020 he is co-author with Diego Cuevas of the book “Advanced 3D Printing with Grasshopper. And finally, in 2022 he was appointed Ambassador of Italian Design.
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