Industrial 3D printer maker Essentium is working with the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Military Department, and other groups to supply personal protective equipment (PPE). The company has shifted capacity in its Texas operations to produce face mask kits. The reusable mask frames are made with Essentium PA (thermoplastic nylon), allowing for easy cleaning, and are used with a single- use, replaceable ASTM Level 2 certified filtration media.

Essentium has produced more than 60,000 3D-printed face mask kits for Texas. Each kit comes with replaceable filters, which is the equivalent of providing 1.9 million to 3.8 million individual masks.

Lubrizol acquisition expands 3D printing capabilities

The Lubrizol Corp. acquired Avid Product Development LLC, which offers a blend of 3D printing capabilities including design for additive manufacturing (DfAM), prototyping and production using powder bed fusion (MJF, SLS), fused filament fabrication (FFF), and stereolithography (SLA), with expertise in various post-processing technologies. Lubrizol’s materials, application, and testing expertise coupled with Avid’s 3D know-how will enable development of differentiated solutions and accelerate adoption of 3D printing in key industries.

“Lubrizol continues to invest in opportunities that bring new differentiated solutions to our customers,” says Gert-Jan Nijhuis, general manager, 3D Printing Solutions, Lubrizol Engineered Materials. “The acquisition of Avid Product Development greatly enhances our ability as a 3D printing solution provider, offering complete product solutions from material development to printing and post processing services, delivering end-use products for our key markets.”