Ineos Styrolution has announced the first results of the PolySLS project, which is focused on developing a new energy saving styrenics based material for additive manufacturing, otherwise known as “3D printing”.
The project has been able to show that significant overall energy savings of up to 67% have been achieved when taking the entire life cycle of a new styrenic polymer compound into account compared to using traditional polyamide 12 (PA12).
A direct energy saving of 25% was achieved from the 3D printing equipment when using the new styrenics polymer, resulting from lower process temperatures and shorter heating and cooling phases. This also improved the time needed to complete printing jobs, with processing times 7.5 percent shorter than with PA12.
Bianca Wilhelmus, Global Application Development