dp polar and ALTANA Present Innovative 3D Printing Solution for Industrial Series Production

  • The world's first 3D printer that combines previously unattainable productivity with high precision via a continuously rotating print platform, thus pointing the way from prototyping to industrial series production
  • This allows components to be produced up to 20 times faster in larger numbers and with a maximum build volume of around 700 liters
  • The technology can process a wide variety of materials in a single pass using the Multi Material Jetting process
  • The modular design also enables uninterrupted combination with other automated processes, such as assembly with electronic components (pick & place)

The specialty chemicals group ALTANA and the up-and-coming 3D printer manufacturer dp polar are presenting a world first "made in Germany" at formnext, the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing, in Frankfurt am Main.

AMpolar® i2 is the world's first 3D printing system with a continuously rotating print platform. In contrast to previous processes, it is not the print head that moves, but the area on which printing takes place. This produces high-precision components up to 20 times faster in larger quantities and with a build volume of approximately 700 liters. In addition, a wide variety of customer-specific materials can be processed in a single pass using the Multi Material Jetting process. The technology also makes it possible to equip parts produced in this way with electronic components without interruption if required (pick and place process). This combination of properties is unmatched in 3D printing. The AMpolar® i2 thus points the way from prototyping to industrial series production.

“Our 3D production machine AMpolar® i2 currently has the largest build area and the largest installation space in the field of material jetting,” says Dr. Florian Löbermann, Managing Director of dp polar GmbH. "Combined with ALTANA's know-how in material development, we are bringing a 3D printing solution to market that will give customers from a wide variety of sectors, including the automotive, aerospace, and medical technology industries, completely new possibilities for manufacturing their products.

ALTANA acquired a stake in dp polar in 2017 and has since worked closely with the technology company based in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen near Karlsruhe. “The extremely close cooperation between mechanical engineering, machine development, and material development makes it possible to develop individual solutions for our customers and their specific requirements,” says Dr. Petra Severit, Chief Technology Officer of ALTANA AG. “In material development, we are focusing on our core competencies and at the same time expanding the application spectrum of our solutions in the highly innovative field of 3D printing.”


With the 3D printing innovation for industrial production now being presented, it will be possible in the future to print individually adapted orthoses, for example, economically and in large quantities. Orthoses are supporting structures outside the body (orthopedic prostheses) that require stiff and flexible materials. Orthoses must be adjusted regularly, especially for children.


Facts and figures about the AMpolar® i2 printing system:


Printing technologyMaterial jetting

Printing process:High Speed Rotative Process (HSR)

Printing width:Max. 420 mm

Printing area:2.0 m2 (scalable)

Layer thickness:4-25 µm

Build resolution (xyz):Up to 720 x 720 x 5,000 dpi

Net build volume:700 liters

Productivity:Max. 10 liters per hour


A video of the new technology is available at www.dppolar.de