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Published on November 30, 2016

Teijin Aramid selects Nectar to Manufacture Parts and Prototypes in House



Teijin Aramid is a Dutch subsidiary of Japanese Chemical and Pharmaceutical company Teijin. Teijin Aramid markets and sells aramids, among them Twaron, a para-aramid fiber.

Top car tire brands use Twaron to make their tires lighter and stronger while reducing vehicle emissions. Police officers around the globe rely on ballistic vests made with the same material to protect themselves. Higher strength engineering plastics are made with the material and the fiber optic cables that connect our world are protected by it. The Mars Rover curiosity was suspended from its parachute by Technora fibers. All of these fibers are sold by Teijin Aramid.

Teijin Aramid & Nectar

Due to the critical nature of Teijin Aramid’s products and the high end applications that they are used for we are proud that the company has turned to Nectar for 3D Printing. In Arnhem, Teijin Aramid has recently acquired and implemented one of the first Nectar One 3D printers.


Nectar One arrives

At the Teijin Aramid R&D department efforts are made in “creating and making, devices and equipment that does not exist yet” for cutting edge applications, says lab manager Martin Jansen. 3D Printing was of interest to them because they wanted to, “explore making complex geometries” that they “could not manufacture conventionally.” “Many parts can now be made quicker” using 3D Printing. This is not only good for making prototype but the team is looking for parts that they can manufacture and then use in R&D and manufacturing environments. High precision and high tolerances are needed for these kinds of applications and this is why the team selected Nectar. According to Martin, “often we are working on a thousandth of a millimeter” and this is especially critical “if they are simulating and testing a production process”.

With Nectar One the team will be able to create new parts quickly and use them quicker for testing. Some parts are meant to be end use parts for use in R&D but others are prototypes that will later be made using conventional manufacturing. These conventionally made parts could then be developed quicker and more iterations of them could be made. According to Martin, another benefit to 3D Printing is “holding and demonstrating a part” also helps “focus discussions around a topic.” The team is also looking at how to redesign parts to take maximum advantage of 3D Printing’s benefits. They are also very interested in exploring “the use of Teijin’s high performance fibers in 3D Printing applications, such as adding them to conventional 3D Printing materials to increase their performance.”


Using nectar One

We’re very proud that a high tech multinational such as Teijin has selected a young startup such as ourselves for in house 3D Printing. Especially given their huge experience and expertise with polymers and other high performance materials, it is a huge complement to our technological edge and to the Nectar team.

To be continued

We will be checking in with the Teijin team in a number of months to keep abreast of their developments with 3D Printing and Nectar. We’d love to thank the Teijin Aramid team for letting us come interview them and take photos of their facility.