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Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Alliance Announces Official Launch

The Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Alliance (PAMA) has announced its official launch and will launch its activities at the upcoming RadTech 2022 Conference and Exhibition.

PAMA was born out of a partnership between RadTech UV+EB photopolymer chemistry nonprofit and the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to advance research and technology in the printing industry. 3D, especially in the SLA, DLP, LCD and binder jetting fields. additive manufacturing.

“PAMA will help drive innovation in this critical manufacturing sector by supporting the development of standards and protocols and providing a forum where members can share research and best practices,” said Dianne Poster, research chemist and Senior Advisor at NIST.

A test engineer setting up one of NIST’s 3D printers before testing. Photo via NIST, Earl Zubkoff.

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A division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST supports technology standardization by advancing the science of measurement and funding promising areas of research. In recent years, the agency has continued to help US companies optimize the 3D printing process and unlock its business potential, having established a roadmap for the future of SLA additive manufacturing.

NIST’s 3D printing-related work has also focused on X-ray curing as a more effective alternative to UV lasers, alongside mapping polymer cure rates during production. Last year, the agency awarded $4 million in grants to advance the competitiveness of American metal 3D printing companies.

NIST’s new venture with RadTech is an extension of its ongoing commitment to advancing the adoption of additive manufacturing across the United States, with the two organizations having worked closely together in the past to develop a roadmap for additive manufacturing. future of photopolymer 3D printing.

The partners announced the creation of PAMA in October last year with the aim of engaging industry, academia, government and NGOs to advance materials and systems science for 3D printing processes. SLA, DLP, LCD and binder jetting.

“PAMA’s overarching goal is to better connect the industrial photopolymer supply chain to end-user experiences in 3D printing,” said David Walker, Chairman of PAMA’s Executive Advisory Board and Co-Founder of Azul 3D. “In a very diverse market, the language we use to describe our technology is important. Our industry’s terminology and protocols are not yet well aligned or agreed upon, making it nearly impossible for end users to make informed and accurate comparisons between existing technologies.

“This lack of transparency, coupled with an overabundance of inconsistent marketing claims, has led to significant barriers to the safe and reliable adoption of 3D printing within manufacturing ecosystems.

“Simply put, the lack of unified standards and practices is holding back additive manufacturing and Industry 4.0.”

Scenes from previous RadTech UV + EB technology conferences.  Image via RadTech
Scenes from previous RadTech UV + EB technology conferences. Image via RadTech

PAMA will debut at RadTech 2022

To mark its official launch, PAMA will be hosting a host of activities at RadTech 2022, taking place May 9-12 in Orlando, Florida. The organization reportedly already has commitments from critical institutions and end users, and is accepting new members.

The organization will host a luncheon at the event to discuss the group’s structure and future activities, while Walker and Jason Killgore of NIST will host a short course on photopolymer additive manufacturing.

PAMA will also host the Future of Additive Manufacturing Materials panel, which will feature Maximilian Zieringer, Materials Lead at Formlabs, Charlie Wood, Senior Director of R&D at Fast Radius, Vince Anewenter, Director at RPC Consortium Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Eric Pallarés García, Co -founder and CTO of BCN3D Technologies.

In addition, PAMA will host around 20 presentations focused on the development of photopolymer 3D printing, with topics spanning materials optimization and “next-level” formulation, molecular design, and an overview of the PAMA market. On behalf of the organization, Stephanie Bright of Tactile Material Solutions will also provide an exclusive update, titled The Tactile Report Overview: Photopolymer Additive Manufacturing Market Trends and Companies to Watch.

Finally, PAMA will unveil its RadLaunch class of 2022, featuring volumetric 3D printed dental aligners, custom 3D printed boli for radiotherapy of cancer patients, “endangered” advanced 4D materials and high battery components. performance.

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Featured image shows a test engineer setting up one of NIST’s 3D printers before testing. Photo via NIST, Earl Zubkoff.