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3D printable PEEK polymer for high-performance connectors

  • Author:Ella Cai
  • Release on:2018-08-29
The high-performance plastic PEEK – polyether ether ketone – used in connectors, medical implants and oil industry seals – can now be 3D printed, following the introduction of a PEEK-based filament for fused filament printers by German firm Apium Additive Technologies.

“PEEK is considered as one of the most powerful high-performance polymers due to its mechanical, thermal and chemical resistance. It is used as a replacement for steel, aluminium and other polymers,” said the firm. “In the environment of semiconductors and electronics industry, PEEK and carbon-fibre-reinforced PEEK can realise your designs for connectors, wafer carriers, contact sockets and other electronics parts.”

The polymer is strong, works at well over 100°C and is capable of enduring extreme circumstances.

Apium-materials 3D printedInherent toughness and flexibility means users can install the parts without breaking them, and the material resists creepage once installed.

“Connector designers are often confronted with design based challenges in order to maximise connector performance without creating entirely new connector families,” said Apium.

“The design freedom made possible by the 3D printing technology supports product designers to produce PEEK connectors suitable for the requirements and advantaged among the competition.”

Apium advocates its own P220 Series of printers to build parts with the filament – these have adaptive heating to improve temperature management to improve print quality.

The adaptive heating works up to 180°C (the all-metal hot-end works up to 540°C) and the print bed can be set at up to 160°C. Machine resolution is 12.5 – 50μm.