formnext 2019: Evonik and NXT Factory intensify cooperation for 3D printing


The specialty chemicals company Evonik and the US start-up for 3D printing technologies NXT Factory, based in Ventura, California, are expanding their partnership in additive manufacturing.

As part of this collaboration, Evonik will use its ready-to-use material development concept for the innovative QLS™ technology of NXT Factory in order to establish it on the market with a corresponding material portfolio.

QLS™ 350 is a powder-based 3D printing technology, which was developed by NXT Factory, based on a patented laser light engine. Designed for completely automated lights-out twenty-four-seven operation, this system fully enables the potential of Industry 4.0 by taking additive manufacturing from prototyping to low and medium volume production.

The user-friendly design of the printer features, inter alia, Autonomous Guided Vehicle (AGV), so that the powder bed can be cooled outside the machine and moved autonomously to the depowdering station, which significantly improves productivity. QLS™ 350 was also designed to be able to process high-temperature materials like Evonik’s polyamide 613 (PA 613).

“We have applied all our mechanical engineering experience to the development of the new QLS™ technology in order to create a new category in industrial manufacturing,” says Kuba Graczyk, CEO of NXT Factory. “We are very excited to work with Evonik’s in-depth materials expertise to advance our technology together.”