3M to Showcase Industry-First 3D Printed PTFE at Formnext

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3D printing with 3M fluoropolymers opens new possibilities for additive manufacturing.

3M is reshaping the future of fluoropolymers with industry-first 3D printed polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) showcased this week at Formnext 2019.

PTFE is known as a problem-solver, and it is the material of choice for a wide variety of demanding industries and environments. Now, thanks to a revolutionary 3D printing process developed by 3M, it is possible to produce PTFE parts with complex geometries and fine details that are beyond the capabilities of conventional processing techniques.

“Our industry-first technology has proven to be an incredibly valuable and versatile solution for numerous customer challenges that could not previously be addressed with machined PTFE and similar conventional manufacturing methods,” says Tim Schniepp, 3M’s Advanced Materials’ Additive Manufacturing Business Manager.

3M’s proprietary technology combines the powerful benefits of both additive manufacturing and PTFE to open new opportunities for customers. Whether it’s creating parts to withstand the most severe chemical processing environments or providing a precise fit for a unique electronics application, customers can bring their designs to life like never before.

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