French footballer 3D-printed

Deko 3D by Sépia, a French bureau based near Grenoble, has used a Massivit 1800 3D-printer to produce a life size model of the French professional footballer, Gaëtane Thiney, who’s been playing in the Women’s world cup tournament. 

This life-size model of the french midfielder Gaëtane Thiney was 3D-printed by Deko 3D on a Massivit 1800.

The significance is that the model has been commissioned by the French chemicals group Arkema, which sponsors Thiney, a midfielder who plays for Paris FC. The Arkema Group also owns the Sartomer brand, which produces a number of materials for 3D printing. This includes the N3xtDimension UV-curable liquid resins, which Massivit uses as the basis for its own Dimengel printing materials.

Sumeet Jain, Global Business Director for 3D Printing at Sartomer, commented: “Sartomer has been providing tailored support to Massivit 3D through its unique, advanced N3xtDimension range of liquid resins, delivering exceptional freedom of performance design. We support industry innovation at our 3D Printing Center of Excellence where experts create cutting-edge, UV-curable 3D printing resins for ourN3xtDimension range through research and development.” 

The N3xtDimension range of resins includes N3D I-2105, said to give good impact resistance, N3D F-2115, a flexible resin with different flexibilities depending on the post treatment applied, and N3D P-2125, which is suitable for prototyping. Arkema also produces thermoplastic powders for powder bed fusion including Rilsan biosourced polyamide 11 and Kepstan PEKK ultra-high performance polymer, as well as Thermoplastic pellets for filament extrusion.

These materials are used by other 3D-printer vendors, including HP, for its Multi Jet Fusion, as well as a partnership with EOS that led to the development of Kepstan PEKK powders for mass-produced aviation parts, and Prodways, where Arkema is developing new Polyamides 12-based laser sintering materials for the automotive, aerospace and medical industries.

You can find more details on these materials at www.arkema.com – which does give quite a good insight into some of the more useful materials that are being developed for the 3D printing market.


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