Suprem is a Swiss materials manufacturer specializing in continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastics. Its solutions allow the mechanical, medical, energy, sports and aeronautical industries to design solid, light and high-temperature resistant parts. Recently, the company launched a brand dedicated to additive manufacturing: this new FilapremMT offers fiber reinforced continuous filaments. With over 30 years of experience in the field of composite materials, Suprem has developed filaments with excellent temperature resistance and an optimal stiffness/weight ratio. We caught up with the CEO, Anatole Gilliot, to learn more about this strategic move and his ambitions in the additive manufacturing market.
3DN: Can you introduce yourself?
Hello, my name is Anatole Gilliot. I have been running Suprem SA for six years. I am a materials engineer and I had the opportunity to do a doctorate with the German Aerospace Center in partnership with Airbus. I also completed my training with an Executive MBA.
3DN: How did you discover additive manufacturing?
Indeed, our thermoplastic composite materials have been used for additive manufacturing for about 30 years. They are added, respectively deposited and consolidated layer by layer and not machined from a billet like metals. However, it is only recently that the various additive manufacturing processes have been democratized and industrialized, in particular thanks to more automation and digitalization.
3DN: What is Suprem’s main activity?
We develop and manufacture continuous fiber thermoplastic composite materials that our customers process with automated manufacturing technologies, such as filament winding and now 3D printing. These materials will then be used for applications in machinery, sports and leisure, medical, aeronautics and energy.
3DN: You recently launched the Filaprem brand. What made you turn to additive manufacturing?
The Filaprem™ brand corresponds to products specifically adapted to 3D printing, whether processed by extrusion or by direct energy deposition. It’s sort of a miniaturization of what we’ve been offering for decades for additive manufacturing. During this time, Filaprem™ required several years of development and industrialization
3DN: What are the characteristics of your 3D printing materials?
The fibers of the filaments are continuous and offer mechanical properties far beyond pure polymer or short fiber reinforced filaments. In addition, the low porosity of Filaprem™, its very good fibre/matrix distribution and its constant quality make it possible to manufacture parts automatically and industrially. It can be used either to reinforce 3D printed plastic parts or to replace metal components
3DN: Which Suprem target markets?
Filaprem™ can be used in all markets where an increase in mechanical performance is required compared to plastics or metals. We also target industrial applications where engineering thermoplastics must withstand harsh environments such as water, temperature and chemicals. In addition, our 3D printing materials are dedicated to parts that need to be printed in large quantities and without interruption.
3DN: What are the particularities of composite additive manufacturing? Are Suprem materials compatible with all 3D printers?
Filaprem™ filaments are compatible with the extrusion process, such as FDM or FFF. They can be used with “open” high temperature printers where the user can choose their material. Some 3D printing machines on the market can already successfully process our materials and we could recommend them to 3Dnatives readers. Engineers can also adapt or build their own printer while taking into account the specificities of our filaments
3DN: Can you tell us what Suprem has planned for the future?
Our plan is to contribute to the democratization of 3D printing with continuous fiber and to make this manufacturing technology and the corresponding materials accessible to many industries in several markets. We will support with material of high and constant quality, manufactured industrially and in large quantities.
3DN: A last word for our readers?
If your part is too heavy, not rigid enough, should not conduct heat or electricity, or if you have corrosion issues and need to 3D print it, consider asking for Filaprem™.
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