3D printing

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 Polypropylene: Innovative solutions for 3D printing


Did you know that polypropylene brings many advantages for 3D printing? Its lightness allows for greater weight reduction compared to other materials, and its exceptional mechanical properties make it a great solution for automotive, prosthetics, orthopedics, toys, and more.

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Products designed with the end application in mind

We have a range of modified polymers for use as raw material in different 3D printing technologies, in line with our commitment to innovation and technology.

3D printing technology represents an advancement in circularity as, from the design stage, it allows for less material consumption. And in the prototyping stage, it minimizes the waste of materials, thus facilitating greater product sustainability. These will open up new manufacturing alternatives for many sectors, promoting the transition from scale economies and geographically centralized production to on-demand manufacturing at the destination, helping to alleviate, for instance, the shortage of medical supplies that occurred during the pandemic.

At Repsol, we are committed to the technification and specialization of our products to complement our current wide range of polypropylene. We have the means of production, transformation, and characterization of advanced materials and an expert designing team, which allows us to market products of the highest quality. We also have technical service specialists who support our customers by offering them tailored solutions for the requirements of each application.

Our PP·3D range

At Repsol, we have designed a complete polypropylene catalog for 3D additive manufacturing. The properties of these tailored polymers are modified to meet the most demanding requirements of this market segment. Our range of PP·3D is apt for the manufacture of filament for the FFF technology (fused filament fabrication), also known as FDM (fused deposition modeling), for its use directly in pellet format for equipment that uses the FGF technology (fused granular fabrication).

The excellent mechanical properties, processability, and dimensional stability of our PP·3D range allow for the manufacture of both prototypes and functional parts or tools. If we think of parts for medical equipment or spare parts for the dental industry, such as a guided surgery splint or high-volume suction devices, polypropylene provides a great advantage as it is sterilizable without losing properties. Its mechanical resistance also makes it ideal for prosthetics and orthopedic parts. Polypropylene uses for 3D printing are multiple and cover the automotive, aerospace, healthcare, furniture, and toy manufacturing sectors, among many others. Its only limitation is creativity: If you can imagine it, you can print it.

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For a wide variety of sectors and applications

  • Prototyping, customization, spare parts, and tools for the automotive industry.
  • Tools and sterilizable material for medical applications.
  • Insoles, orthopedic material, and prosthetics.
  • Toys.
  • Prototyping of packaging, tanks, and containers.
  • Sports and leisure applications.

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