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ALM Releases Additive Manufacturing Industry’s First Carbon Neutral Polymer Materials

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The castor crop, grown in India does not compete with food and does not result in deforestation

Temple, Texas, November 9, 2021 – Advanced Laser Materials (ALM), an EOS company and leading materials developer for industrial 3D printing (known as additive manufacturing, or AM), has released the industry’s first carbon neutral certified polymer materials line, starting with PA 802 MF CN – a mineral-filled bio-circular polyamide 11 material, and PA 820 CF CN – a carbon fiber filled bio-circular polyamide 11, optimized for high performance and certified as carbon neutral. The polyamide 11 base material, produced by Arkema and then customized by ALM for AM, is another step in EOS’ commitment to Responsible Manufacturing and sustainability.

To certify its materials as carbon neutral, ALM conducted a full lifecycle analysis (LCA) study of the material from sourcing to production to customer delivery in both the U.S. and Europe, which was then certified by TÜV SÜD according to the PAS2060 standard that sets the requirements for carbon neutral products. In addition to base material polyamide 11 being bio-based, ALM took additional steps to further off-set ancillary carbon generation, including installation of solar panels on ALM’s Texas headquarters, and is investing in Gold standard carbon credits from a MyClimate solar project in Ethiopia.

“Many companies are trying to change their processes to become more sustainable. ALM is leading by changing our entire approach to a more sustainable manufacturing and introducing sustainability as more than a concept,” said Moritz Kugler, vice president, polymer materials at EOS. “ALM’s PA 802 MF CN and PA 820 CF CN are the first polymer material offerings in our sustainability journey. Moving forward, we will also focus on new waste management, mobility and industrial innovation processes to reinvent the global supply chain.”

Developed in partnership with Arkema, the world leader in advanced bio-circular materials, the carbon neutral grades offer high impact resistance. The tightly controlled particle size distribution creates a smooth surface finish and excellent feature detail. Expected applications include lifestyle and automotive production.

“Arkema is a pioneering innovator in advanced materials derived from sustainably sourced renewable castor beans grown in India,” said Adrien Lapeyre, global business director for Arkema’s high performance polymers business. “For many years, Arkema has led the charge in bio-circular materials in the 3D printing market. Our recent acquisition of Agiplast, a leader in specialty polymer recycling now opens the door to the next chapter, and we are sure that ALM will play a critical role in our success story.”

The two ALM carbon neutral materials can be processed on most selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers, including the latest printers from EOS as well as all other SLS-based OEMs.

EOS Taking the Lead in Responsible Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing (AM) plays an important role in overcoming the limitations of current manufacturing techniques that are restrictive, wasteful and inefficient. AM has many inherent benefits that contribute to sustainability, and EOS – and all of its companies – are committed to playing a significant role in fundamentally challenging and changing traditional manufacturing through industrial 3D printing through:

  • Operational efficiencies of AM – reduction or elimination of spare stock and warehousing
  • Local/regional production – improving supply chain security, and minimizing the need for far-flung manufacturing facilities and associated carbon-intensive transportation
  • Efficient applications – light weighting to reduce weight and part performance
  • New materials – high recyclability and carbon neutral offerings while meeting all performance requirements

EOS provides responsible manufacturing solutions via industrial 3D printing technology to manufacturers around the world. Connecting high quality production efficiency with its pioneering innovation and sustainable practices, the company will shape the future of manufacturing through its platform-centric digital value network of machines and a holistic portfolio of services, materials and processes. EOS is deeply committed to fulfilling its customers’ needs and acting responsibly for our planet.

About ALM

Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) specializes in material research, development and consultation for industrial 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Founded in 2004, ALM remains focused on providing customers with application-specific, quality-tested materials and engineering support to meet the most complex product specifications and production requirements. ALM offers the largest selection of laser sintering solutions with onsite capabilities to produce standard and specialized materials in varying quantities. Based in Temple, Texas, ALM is a wholly owned subsidiary of EOS.

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