Braskem, the largest polyolefins producer in the Americas as well as a market leader and pioneer producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale, recently launched several previously “unprintable” materials like polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (PE) for additive manufacturing (AM). These new materials not only unlock many new applications where light weighting, recyclability, impact strength and chemical resistance are important but also solidify the adoption of AM as a business for Braskem. In 2022, Braskem’s 3D printing team has turned its focus to sustainable materials. Leveraging their knowledge in AM and polymer science as well as a large portfolio of bio-based and recycled resins, Braskem has launched their first generation of recycled and bio-based filaments and pellets specifically designed for AM applications. AM is already known for its ability to provide a lower carbon footprint through distributed manufacturing. The addition of more sustainable materials will further the ecosystem’s commitment to a circular economy. Come listen as Braskem presents its view of how sustainable materials will be the future of AM and why it is critical that we continue to push innovation through strategic partnerships with materials suppliers, equipment manufacturers and industrial design. Braskem will also explore some of the key challenges associated with bringing these materials to market such as product quality, consistency in supply and scale. Finally, learn what you and your business can do to help drive innovation around sustainable materials.
- Communicate key challenges and benefits associated with sustainable materials in AM.
- Identify areas where key partnerships can help accelerate sustainability in their strategic roadmap.
- Gain a more complete understanding of how the entire value chain must work together to accomplish sustainability goals