No longer just limited to prototyping in specific industry sectors, 3D Printing has been introduced on an industrial level in various applications and will be an entire part of the factory of the future.
Based on its long experience in silicone formulation Bluestar Silicones has been launching a project to integrate Silicones as a novel raw material into 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing.
The development based on the open innovation approach of Bluestar Silicones with specific partnerships and the support of the French authorities will allow the use of silicones in different forms creating a range of products corresponding to existing 3D Printing technologies. Multidisciplinary, international teams will specifically optimize Silicone products to work for application modes known in 3D Printing as material extrusion/jetting and vat photopolymerization.
Silicones are the material of choice in many industries due to their outstanding properties like biocompatibility, transparency, heat resistance and flexibility at low temperatures.
These combined with the characteristics of 3D Printing offer new possibilities especially in sectors where personalized items or small series are primarily needed or used. Industry sectors like Healthcare, Aerospace, and Biotechnologies etc. are amongst others investing heavily in 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing and opening new opportunities.
About Bluestar Silicones
With worldwide operations headquartered in Lyon, France, Bluestar Silicones is a $550 million worldwide silicones raw material manufacturer. The company is one of the world's leading fully integrated global silicones manufacturers with more than 60 years of silicone expertise. Bluestar Silicones has manufacturing operations throughout the world and combines upstream silicon metal operations and capacity with downstream silicone market and application development expertise. The company offers a comprehensive range of silicone technologies in support of diverse specialty markets including paper release, textile coatings, healthcare, moldmaking, automotive, aerospace, and personal care. Bluestar Silicones is owned by Elkem AS, Norway.
Karsten Schlichter, Business Development Manager
+ (33) 4 72 13 19 40 - Karsten.Schlichter@bluestarsilicones.com