Ricoh launches new 3D material

Ricoh will use next week’s Formnext show in Frankfurt to launch a new PBT material for its AM S5500P 3D printer.

Ricoh’s main offering to the additive manufacturing market is this AM S5500P 3D printer.

PBT is a high strength, heat resistant material. It’s suitable for producing parts for electrical components ranging from automotive motors to bathroom furnishings. Ricoh says that it’s intention is for PBT to have similar properties as injection molding. There will be samples at Formnext.

Greg Plowman, director of Ricoh Europe’s European Additive Manufacturing Business Group, said: “A long and successful future for the AM market is intrinsically linked to regular advances in material sciences. PBT is an important material. It is high strength, heat resistant and maintains its shape during the forming process. Crucially, it enables part producers to remain close to intended manufacturing specifications”. 

PBT will be available by the middle of next year.


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