3D Systems DDD recently announced that it has inked a partnership with Texas-based ALM to expand access to industry-leading additive manufacturing materials. As part of the agreement, 3D Systems will allow ALM to add 3D Systems’ DuraForm PAx material into its portfolio.
This will give ALM customers access to a unique nylon copolymer, which features properties similar to injection molded plastics. The technology can be used with any commercially-available selective laser sintering (SLS) printer to manufacture tough, lightweight, production-grade parts for applications like tooling handles, orthotics, splints and braces, ducting in rugged environments, living hinges, liquid reservoirs and enclosures.
With 3D Systems’ DuraForm PAx, ALM customers will be able to get access to 3D printing materials that offer elevated impact resistance with high elongation at break in any direction. This deal widens the choices available to them, which they can use for the application development process.
The DuraForm Pax material, which can be processed easily, is highly recyclable, indicating that it will help ALM customers reduce waste and decrease production costs. The material’s low printing temperatures reduce the time to part in hand and increase printer uptime, enabling manufacturers to gain a competitive edge and accelerate their supply chains. The material offers long-term stability of over five years indoors and is designated as a clean running material that implies low operator maintenance.
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Both partners will be showcasing the first-to-market DuraForm PAx solution as part of their additive manufacturing solutions portfolio in their respective booths at the Formnext 2022 event.
3D Systems is the sole distributor of the DuraForm Pax material at present. The company intends to develop other materials showcasing superior performance in the powder-bed fusion platform by utilizing SLS printing technology in the future.
3D Systems is anticipating material science to be a key driver in the transition to 3D production. It is investing large sums in material innovation across its portfolio to capitalize on this trend. Moving forward, DDD expects its portfolio of innovative products to drive more than 30% organic growth over the next couple of years, thereby enhancing its margins and earnings.
In September, the additive manufacturer declared the formation of a wholly-owned bioprinting startup, Systemic Bio, to accelerate the development of new drugs that will aid in reducing or eliminating the need for animal testing. This is likely to expand 3D Systems’ growth opportunities in the domain of pharmaceuticals and create a new revenue stream that could reach $100 million annually over the next five years.
Shares of the company declined 64% in the past year.
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3D Systems currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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