Heidelberger Druckmaschinen GmbH (Machine Production Partner)
With the SmartFactory division of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), Apium won a strategic partner for the industrialization and serial production of the next generation of 3D printers, the Apium P Series.
With the Ensinger GmbH a partner for the development and production of filaments in the required quantity could be obtained. The plastic processing company Ensinger supplies Apium with high-quality filaments, which are produced by the extrusion process. In the course of the cooperation, both sides work intensively on researching new filaments.
Based on Evoniks high-performance polymer VESTAKEEP® PEEK – a biomaterial for medical applications – the best way of processing this material with the FFF-technology will be determined by testing. The goal of the test results is to apply the FFF-3D-printed implant in practice.
The aim of the cooperation with the Center for Dental and Craniofacial Sciences at Charité Berlin is to carry out a study to determine the pressure performance in the dental field of approved PEEK compounds in order to collect first data concerning a medically usable 3D printer.
MCF Technologies GmbH (Machine Production Partner)
With MCF Technologie GmbH, a valuable partner for development and production of the first generation of Apium’s high-performance polymer 3D printers was already gained in the initial phase. In particular, Apium benefits from its many years of expertise in the field of special machine construction.
A strategic partnership with SRM AG, which has decades of experience in mechanical engineering and manufacturing, provides the basis for the development and manufacture of a medically usable 3D printer. The interaction of Apium’s 3D printing know-how and the expertise in the development and production of SRM, is crucial. The best possible product can be offered to our customers.