New York, NY – March 30, 2019 – Shapeways, the world’s leading manufacturer of 3D printed goods for global small and mid-sized businesses, is making PA11, the nylon material, available to its customers. The availability of this material is a result of the ongoing partnership between Shapeways and EOS, the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Naturally sourced from castor oil and known for its elastic and impact resistant nylon properties, Selective Laser Sintered PA11 is one of the fastest growing markets for additive manufacturing (AM). With this launch, Shapeways has become one of the first suppliers in the industry that is able to offer and supply market-ready orthosis and prosthesis to all designers and businesses of all sizes.
Shapeways’ venture into the orthosis and prosthesis market notably impacts the 3D printing industry by creating medically-proven solutions with PA11. The medical market will always have a need for affordable materials to create parts such as braces and prosthetics, which is now offered at cost-effective prices. The launch of PA11 will open the doors for Shapeways to collaborate with many medical companies, bringing 3D technology to the production of customized medical enhancements for those in need.
EOS was selected to partner with Shapeways as its technology and premium PA11 material are already qualified for a range of industry applications, such as automotive, medical and other high-performance uses. PA11’s nylon properties are also ideal for aerospace and electronics. With greater strength and flexibility, PA11 is an impact resistant and a ductile material with high elongation at break. Popular for active, wearable goods and snaps to fit parts and hinges, PA11 is great for high-impact customized parts such as prosthesis, braces, insoles and other exterior medical needs. PA11 will be offered in its natural white finish that can also be dyed to any desired color.
This partnership is not a first for the two 3D printing giants. Shapeways’ facility is populated with dozens of EOS AM machines and was one of the first brands to work with Shapeways at its launch in 2007. EOS has more than 30 years of 3D printing experience in materials, validated processes and time-tested SLS quality technology.
“Expanding our reach to the medical industry to make life-changing enhancements available is something we could have only imagined when we first opened our doors,” said Greg Kress, CEO of Shapeways. “We look forward to working with the medical industry and creating products such as prosthetic limbs, making someone's life better. This is what the 3D industry has been working towards, and making it available to businesses of all sizes is a real dream.”
“Collaborating with Shapeways has been profitable to the 3D industry as it brings our materials to the entrepreneurs making a difference in their field,” said Glynn Fletcher, President of EOS North America. “PA11 has the capability of restructuring the medical industry and the tools they use to help cure people. We are proud to be part of the evolution and look forward to seeing how far our materials can take it.”
Shapeways is redefining product creation. The platform enables creators to bring their ideas to life with services to design, make and sell products made via 3D printing manufacturing. Shapeways has over 1 million creators and has printed over 10 million products. Unlike desktop printers or makerspaces, the Shapeways platform offers services from their own factories and global supply chain network. Shapeways gives small to midsize businesses and everyday creators access to the most innovative technology and industrial-quality materials. Printing in over 40 materials and finishes, Shapeways has factories and offices in New York, the Netherlands, and a network of innovative partners around the globe. It is a spin-out of the lifestyle incubator of Royal Philips Electronics, and investors include Union Square Ventures, Lux Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, INKEF Capital, Index Ventures, Hewlett Packard Ventures, and Presidio Ventures.
EOS is the world’s leading technology supplier in the field of industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Formed in 1989, the independent company is pioneer and innovator for comprehensive solutions in additive manufacturing. Its product portfolio of EOS systems, materials, and process parameters gives customers crucial competitive advantages in terms of product quality and the long-term economic sustainability of their manufacturing processes. Furthermore, customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.
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