Additive manufacturing leader Ricoh announced the release of an exciting new thermoset material this week at the industry’s leading trade fair for industrial 3D printing.

Ricoh showcased their full range of AM services at the four-day event in Frankfurt, from November 19 to November 22.

As well as exhibiting their range of cutting edge polymer and metal technologies, the Ricoh team are using the show as an opportunity to shout about their landmark partnership with 3D material solutions innovator TIGER.

The collaboration with Austrian-based TIGER means Ricoh can now offer a range of thermoset materials for selective laser sintering printing.

Thermoset materials remain in a permanent solid state, demonstrating outstanding isotropic performance. They can be used to create flame retardant parts that, unlike thermoplastics, offer low smoke formation, no polymer melt-dropping and self-extinguishing behaviour.

These charactestics make the materials perfect for use in industries such as electrical, rail, automotive and aerospace where most, if not all, components must be fire-proof.

To celebrate the launch of this innovative partnership, Ricoh and TIGER are working together to host a series of 3D workshops in 2020 for beginners and advanced AM users. The sessions will offer a complete overview on unlocking the potential of AM, with a focus on thermosets – from design and machine competence; to material processing, coating and digital print.

Enrico Gallino, materials specialist at Ricoh, said: “We are extremely excited about this new ground-breaking partnership.

“This is all about us expanding our materials portfolio, ensuring we have the best solution for every application.

“We know that manufacturers can be sceptical about new materials so we’d encourage anyone to visit us on the stand or attend our series of launch workshops to learn more. To register your interest simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

As well as announcing the new TIGER partnership, Ricoh’s re-launched website now includes a new online ordering function to enable engineers to get instant and accurate cross-process quotes for their parts. .

Enrico said: “Formnext is the biggest exhibition of its kind so we are taking the opportunity to re-launch our AM offering to the industry.

“This is an exciting time for Ricoh, and the 3D printing landscape as a whole.”

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