Smart International launches Material Partnership Program to meet demand for easy-to-print, high-quality engineering materials

Filaments from BASF, Clariant and DSM, have undergone rigorous testing, which will allow for optimum printing conditions while using the KODAK Portrait 3D Printer

[Delaware, USA, January 14, 2019] Smart International today announces the launch of it Materials Partnership Program designed to provide customers with a repeatable 3D printing experience, no matter the required material.

Smart International, Kodak's global brand licensee in 3D printing, has developed material profiles for partners BASF, Clariant and DSM, to ensure customers are able to successfully print 3rd party filaments with formulations highly demanded by industrial customers on the KODAK Portrait 3D Printer. The printer has been designed to reliably 3D print high-temp materials, and the material partnerships help increase the options for professional 3D printing thanks to the range of engineering materials the printer can run.
The Smart International technical team have expertly tested and calibrated the filaments from BASF, Clariant and DSM, with each filament undergoing rigorous tests designed to pinpoint optimum conditions including best printing temperature, flow values and print bed adhesion. Printing profiles have then been created from this data, and the print profiles are now ready to be downloaded from the Smart3D website and imported into the desktop slicer, or accessed directly from the KODAK 3D Cloud.
The material profiles available for BASF include Ultrafuse® ABS Fusion+, Ultrafuse® PAHT CF15, Ultrafuse® PA - the first BASF Filament Development based on Ultramid®, and Ultrafuse® Z PCTG; the first official ESD safe filament, that has been developed specifically for the printing of handheld tools, various assembly and electronic fixtures, robotics, automation components, and parts for explosion-proof environments. It is an easy to print material, with a significant impact strength when compared to PETG.
Smart International developed a printing profile for Clariant's popular PA6/66-CF20 filament. Clariant's 20% carbon fiber reinforced polyamide 6/66 (PA6/66-CF20) is created by combining an exceptional copolyamide 6/66 with carbon fibers. This combination results in a material that is exceptionally strong, chemically and thermally resistant and has minimized warpage due to the carbon fibers. It can be used for mechanical and technical applications that require strength, toughness and thermal resistance, including prototypes, tools, jigs and fixtures.
The profiles available for DSM include Novamid® ID1030, Novamid® ID1030 CF10, a carbon fiber filled PA6/66 copolymer filament and Arnitel® ID2060 HT, a unique high-performance Thermoplastic Copolyester (TPC) for 3D printing using Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF). The Arnitel® ID2060 HT filament is the first to offer a unique balance of flexibility, chemical resistance against exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) condensate and prolonged high temperature resistance for printing demanding automotive air-fuel and industrial applications.
‘We feel it is of vital importance to continually adapt to the ever-evolving 3D printing market. Partnering with top filament companies like BASF, Clariant and DSM gives the customer the opportunity to choose the material that best fits their project, and gives them confidence to use these high-quality 3rd party materials with the KODAK Portrait 3D Printer. We are pleased to be able to assist in the development and evolution of 3D printing filaments, and will continue to support progress in this area,' said Roberto Gawianski, CEO, Smart International.

About Smart International
Smart International has developed an ecosystem of solutions for professional 3D printing. Years of collaboration with engineers, designers, architects, artists and educators, have set the bar high. Only accurate and reliable technology with materials developed for a wide range of applications will help their creations endure and shine. Visit smart3d.tech for more information and Twitter @Kodak3dprinting, Facebook, Instagram.

About BASF 3D Printing Solutions
BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, headquartered in Heidelberg, Germany, is a fully owned subsidiary of BASF New Business GmbH. It focuses on establishing and expanding the business with 3D printing materials, system solutions, components and services. BASF 3DPS is organized into startup-like structures to serve customers in the dynamic 3D printing market. It cooperates closely with the global research platforms and application technologies of various departments at BASF as well as with leading research institutes, universities, startups and industrial partners. Potential customers are primarily companies that intend to use 3D printing for industrial manufacturing; typical industries include automotive, aerospace and consumer goods. For further information please visit: www.basf-3dps.com.

About Clariant
Clariant is a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2018 the company employed a total workforce of 17 901. In the financial year 2018, Clariant recorded sales of CHF 4.404 billion for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis and Natural Resources. Clariant's corporate strategy is based on five pillars: focus on innovation and R&D, add value with sustainability, reposition portfolio, intensify growth, and increase profitability. Find out more at www.clariant.com

DSM - Bright Science. Brighter Living.™
Royal DSM is a global purpose-led, science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living. DSM's purpose is to create brighter lives for all. DSM addresses with its products and solutions some of the world's biggest challenges whilst creating simultaneously economic-, environmental- and societal value for all its stakeholders; customers, employees, shareholders, and society-at-large. DSM delivers innovative solutions for human nutrition, animal nutrition, personal care and aroma, medical devices, green products and applications, and new mobility and connectivity. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 23,000 employees. The company was founded in 1902 and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. More information can be found at www.dsm.com.

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