High-Performance Polymer 3D Printing
Short Business Description:
Specialized markets ranging from electronics to aerospace require high-performance polymer components in small batches. The production of such parts is associated with high costs today and make the small series business unprofitable for many companies.
ETH spinoff NematX offers an industrial 3D printing solution based on novel liquid crystal polymers including a tailored manufacturing technology to combine highest part performance and manufacturing precision in polymer 3D printing.
Customers benefit from up to 80% lower costs, three times faster delivery times, and fully recyclable materials.
Specialized industries have a need for high performance plastic components in small and medium batches. However, for many companies today, the small batch business is not profitable as established manufacturing processes come with high initial costs and long delivery times. Furthermore, the 3D printing does not deliver the required quality. These factors stand in the way of sustainable industrial production with less CO2 emissions, as 3D printing eliminates the need for complex machinery or tools and minimizes material waste.
NematX is the first company in its industry to introduce liquid crystal polymers for 3D printing to additively manufacture high-performance components for the most demanding industrial applications, while using fully recyclable materials. The parts are 10x stronger than PEEK, they show a heat resistance beyond 250°C and are suitable for use in aggressive chemical and biological environments.
Thanks to the unprecedented combination of component properties and manufacturing precision for polymer 3D printing, the startup is helping its customers achieve more profitable small batch business and faster time to market for their new products. Companies can, for example, produce precision electronic components for high-temperature applications or lightweight satellite components with high mechanical strength, at 80% lower cost, 3x less delivery time while using fully recyclable materials. In the same way that NematX saves its customers time and money, the solution also lowers CO2 emissions.