Since 2018 aroma:id has been supporting the Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant as a design partner in the field of 3D printer filaments in particular. Clariant’s 3D printing business leverages the company’s decades of expertise in tailoring polymers for a broad range of end market applications.

In order to showcase Clariant’s expertise aroma:id was approached to design a number of products that emphasize the specific characteristics of different filaments and highlight the many fields of application. The products were introduced to a specialist audience at international trade fairs such as Formnext or TCT Asia. The main task for aroma:id was to develop suitable design concepts focusing on optimizing the CAD models for FDM printing technology.

Engine cover printed via FDM technique

One of the first projects that aroma:id developed with Clariant was a concept for a CPU-casing that can be individualized and used in the context of building automation. The casing was to be integrated into existing rail systems and is especially suitable for public building environments where flame retardancy is a requirement.

Another project highlighting the advantages of FDM 3D printing was the development of a manufacturing aid for wheel rims in the automotive industry. The manufacturing aid helps to protect the rims from scratches caused by an impact wrench and also provides an indication of where to start fastening the rims’ screws. One of the advantages of the Clariant material is that the filament is fiber-reinforced and therefore exceptionally rigid. Furthermore the FDM technology allows the client to immediately reproduce a broken part or adjust an existing part on the spot which minimizes downtime and maximizes flexibility.

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