Commissioned by the LEHVOSS Group and Ultimaker, TÜV SÜD has certified the 3D printing process using the combination of LUVOCOM® 3F Filament and Ultimaker printer. This comprised the material properties, production of the test specimen – including the dimensional tolerances, the manufacture of the filament and the printing process. In addition, the emissions were measured during the printing process.
The printing process meets the requirements drawn up by TÜV SÜD in all aspects. The test specification “Reproducible 3DP construction process” makes reference to existing and emerging 3D printing standards. As a result, the LUVOCOM 3F Filament PAHT® 9825 NT under test, an unreinforced high-performance polyamide, and the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle are the world’s first system certified by TÜV SÜD in the field of fused filament fabrication (FFF).
On the basis of its range of more than 30 materials for FFF to date, the LEHVOSS Group is supplying four materials as its own filament. Work is underway on the certification of all four filament variants. The focus here is on the development, production and distribution of materials that can be marketed in filament form by well-known established manufacturers under their own brand names.
“This is an important step for the industrialization and scalability of FFF. The certified system increases reliability in parts production and is intended to accelerate the use of 3D printing to put it on a par with already established production processes such as injection molding”, says Dr Thiago Medeiros Araujo, Business Development LUVOCOM 3F. “We are proud to be the world’s first supplier of filaments with this certification.”
“We are thrilled to receive this certification from TÜV SÜD and look forward to our continued work with the LEHVOSS Group,” said Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker. “This certification proves that parts produced with the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle and the LUVOCOM 3F PAHT® 9825 NT are done in an accurate and reproducible way. By many of our customers this is considered very important and often even a prerequisite for the implementation of FFF 3D printing with engineering materials in advanced applications. We are excited to confirm that our customers have access to such a superior production process.”
“Certification of the reproducible 3DP construction process is a crucial milestone on the way to competitive production by means of 3D printers. The test specification with the underlying standards helps all market players to recognize the difference between 3D printing for manufacturing prototypes and 3D printing for production purposes. The certified reproducible printing process primarily helps users to reduce their costs of technology integration. Minimizing the costs of integration for production purposes creates a greater willingness to integrate and more trust. We hope that many applications and industries will benefit from the reliable, high-quality implementation with cost transparency that it will permit”, says Gregor Reischle, Head of Additive Manufacturing at TÜV SÜD.
“Many of our industrial customers wish to further establish and scale up additive manufacturing. The intention here is that the benefits in costs and efficiency should not only be exploited in the typical fields of application, such as rapid prototyping or rapid tooling. Above all, production of small series and spare parts is becoming increasingly more relevant so that the guarantee of high accuracy and replicability of the components is a decisive factor for an optimum production process. Consequently, we are all the more pleased that the FFF system certified by TÜV SÜD will enable us to offer our clients a solution that documents the reproducibility and traceability of the product quality and thus opens many additional areas of use”, comments Athanassios Kotrotsios, Managing Director of IGO3D GmbH, one the leading companies in the distribution of 3D printers and accessories.
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The LEHVOSS Group under the management of Lehmann&Voss&Co. is a group of companies in the chemicals sector that develops, produces and markets chemical and mineral specialities for various industrial clients. Lehmann&Voss&Co., Hamburg, was founded in 1894 as a trading company. In its success story dating back some 125 years, the owner-run company has developed into a powerful global organization – with long-standing connections to prominent suppliers and with its own production sites in Europe, the USA and Asia. For more information, please visit www.lehvoss.de
With its product lines LUVOSINT® and LUVOCOM® 3F, the LEHVOSS Group is offering innovative and tailor-made plastics for 3D printing. These products have been adapted to the most common production processes, such as powder bed fusion, fused filament fabrication (FFF) and direct extrusion printing processes. The materials are distinguished by their good processing characteristics and excellent material properties.
For more information, please visit www.lehvoss.de
Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software, and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in professional 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europe and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing. www.ultimaker.com
About TÜV SÜD
Founded in 1866 as a steam boiler inspection association, TÜV SÜD is now a company with global operations. More than 25,000 employees based at over 1,000 locations in some 50 countries are at work to ensure the optimization of technology, systems and know-how. They provide an essential contribution to making sure that technical innovations such as Industry 4.0, autonomous driving and renewable energies are safe and reliable. www.tuvsud.com/de