Elkem’s additively manufactured silicone parts take center stage at Formnext 2023

Elkem AM 3DP Photo Printing head vision. Image supplied.

Silicone solutions provider Elkem is set to present its wide-ranging portfolio of silicone technologies at Formnext 2023, scheduled to take place from 7 to 10 November 2023.

Elkem will showcase silicone parts printed with the AMSil & AMSil SILBIONE range, an innovative technology recognised as a winner of the R&D 100 award, the company revealed in a press release.

This range enables the production of functional parts from genuine 100 per cent silicone elastomers by 3D printing using the Liquid Deposition Modeling (LDM) technology.

According to the company, these offerings are designed to address the overarching challenges presented by current megatrends and are presented in two distinct series.

The first is the AMSil 20000 series, tailored for industrial applications across sectors such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, and equipment manufacturing.

The AMSil series facilitates the integration of silicones into the realm of digital, connected, and distributed manufacturing, aligning with the principles of Industry 4.0.

This approach enhances production methods, rendering them more efficient and sustainable. The second is the AMSil Silbione 24000 series, developed for specialised medical applications.

Elkem Silicones said its goal is to enhance the quality of life for the elderly population by combining the exceptional performance, durability, and biocompatibility of silicones with Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing technologies.

Moreover, the formulation of these products allows them to be applied in food-grade, medical, and industrial contexts.

Next step technologies will be displayed at Elkem booth as examples of future developments with silicone in the field of Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing.

Elkem said examples of printed silicone parts of complex shapes and specific geometries using the unique support material, the AMSil 92100 series, together with the AMSil and AMSil Silbione series, demonstrate the potential for innovations with Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing.

These innovations demonstrate Elkem commitment to Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing and its potential to contribute to a more sustainable economy in the future.

By enabling Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing to scale up as part of the factory of the future through digital manufacturing, Elkem helps customers create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions that reduce environmental impact by minimising waste and saving on transport and storage costs, two major factors in the overall carbon footprint of end-products.

To learn more about Elkem portfolio for Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing, visit its booth F 91 in hall 12.1 at Formnext 2023.