KIMYA, a subsidiary of French additive manufacturing company ARMOR, has announced plans to expand its range of recycled fibers with new high-performance materials by 2024. As part of the third stage of the ARMOR FIL’REC project, which is related to the ORPLAST plastics recycling program, KIMYA plans to offer 70-100% of recycled materials.

Since entering the 3D printing market in 2016, the KIMYA range of filaments continues to find new applications, and three of its materials have been qualified for use with the MakerBot METHOD X 3D printer in December 2020. Implementation of the newly qualified ABS Kevlar, ABS-ESD and ABS -EC to work with METHOD X, have already helped the company to achieve significant savings in the area of ​​application production for its own needs.

In 2018, the ARMOR FIL’REC project was approved by the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) as part of the ORPLAST plastics recycling initiative. The initiative supports producers who process raw materials into products containing recycled plastics, and promotes the adaptation of production systems to recycled raw materials. As part of the FIL’REC project, KIMYA developed and launched four new recycled filaments – HIPS-R, PETG-R, PLA-R and TPU-R. Now, ORPLAST is entering its third phase where KIMYA will focus its research on developing a new line of high-performance recycled materials by 2024.

The company aims to achieve a threshold of 70% to 100% recycled materials in the area of ​​high-performance filaments, without affecting their physico-chemical properties. Due to a higher level of resistance to temperature, wear and warping, these materials are suitable for demanding applications in the rail, automotive and aerospace sectors.

KIMYA hopes to expand its range of high-performance recycled materials by 2024, and while it is unclear exactly how much will be developed by the end of the project, the range is described as ‘comprehensive’. The company believes that offering these materials will set it apart from other material manufacturers in the field of additive manufacturing.


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