Arevo Labs (San Jose, Calif., USA), a Silicon Valley startup, announced on March 24 the availability of technology and materials to create ultra-strong high-performance polymer parts using a 3-D printing process. Supported materials include high-performance polymers such as KetaSpire PEEK, AvaSpire PAEK, Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) and PrimoSpire self-reinforcing polyphenylene (SRP). Arevo’s offering consists of proprietary carbon fiber and carbon nanotube (CNT) reinforced high-performance materials, printing technology compatible with commercially available filament fusion 3-D printers and specialized software algorithms to create 3-D objects with deterministic mechanical properties.
3-D Printing with PEEK and other advanced reinforced polymers has been technically challenging until now, days Arevo. Arevo Labs says its team has solved this problem by optimizing polymer formulations along with innovative extrusion technology to make them suitable for additive manufacturing. Arevo Labs patent-pending 3-D printing technology combines the benefits of printing complex geometries with reinforced materials that have excellent resistance to high temperatures and chemicals. The 3-D printed parts optimized for mechanical properties using Arevo’s advanced algorithms result in lighter, stronger parts with unmatched mechanical properties.
“We are excited about enabling 3-D printed ultra-strong polymer parts for the first time,” says Hemant Bheda, founder of Arevo Labs. “OEMs in the aerospace and defense industries, in particular, can now use lighter and stronger production parts not possible to manufacture using conventional methods until now.” Bheda told CompositesWorld that the technology does not include printing with continuous carbon fiber filaments at this time.
“Arevo Labs is providing the aerospace and defense industries with a new level of performance with 3-D printed ultra-strong parts using Solvay Polymers,” says Jens Hoeltje, director of strategy & marketing for Solvay Specialty Polymers. “We’re pleased that several of Solvay’s high-performance polymers are being used in this exciting new technology.”
Arevo Labs focuses on the development of technology to enable production-grade 3-D printed ultra-strong polymer parts. Arevo’s technology consists of advanced materials, printing technology and algorithms to optimize mechanical properties of printed parts. Arevo plans to offer the technology and materials to OEMs worldwide.