Autodesk, Arkema and Farsoon take a collaborative step forward in advanced additive manufacturing

Working together, the companies are developing an optimized software, hardware, and advanced materials ecosystem with the goal of accelerating industrial production with polymer laser sintering.

When hardware, software and materials are developed together, it simplifies the design to print process, making it easier for customers to adopt polymer additive processes in a production environment. The three companies will showcase their latest collaborative developments at the upcoming TCT Asia show in Shanghai, February 21 to 23.

The goal is to create the best possible customer experience. Autodesk, a leading global software company leverages its state-of-the-art end-to-end design and manufacturing software capabilities optimized for Farsoon’s leading polymer laser sintering hardware and open platform system. From an advanced materials standpoint, Arkema, a global designer of advanced materials, offers industry leading polymer performance with its biobased Rilsan® polyamide 11 material – a polymer with superior strength and durability, and a seventy year legacy in extreme applications around the world.

As a result of this collaboration, companies using Autodesk’s Netfabb® and Fusion 360® software can easily select the machine and material configuration optimized for process parameters validated by both Farsoon and Arkema. Integrating the processing parameters of Arkema’s polyamide 11 and Farsoon’s advanced hardware within Autodesk’s software enables users to easily access the information they need to accelerate a complete workflow from design to print.

By fostering an open ecosystem which encourages the easy collaboration of machine, software, and material companies, the future of additive manufacturing will have a wider range of possibilities when it comes to application development. Farsoon, a company with a strong technical background in laser sintering technology as well as material sciences, has championed open systems since its founding. By offering a full line of polymer and metal laser sintering and melting systems, all with open parameters and materials, Farsoon is well suited to working with Arkema materials as well as integrating with Autodesk software.

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