Latvia’s deep-tech startup 3D Strong manufactures special additives for the producers of plastics and polymers, mainly in the 3D printing field. The company’s additives give additional properties to end materials and allow 3D printing producers to fabricate stronger, lighter, and more durable parts.
Six years ago, Maryna Petrychenko and Maria Korabovska took part in the “Commercialization Reactor” activity “Ignition Event”. There they met nanotechnology scientists and decided to start developing this technology. The teams’ scientists have been working with different types of carbon nanotubes for 25 years. They are also strong in electrical chemistry. In addition, they were working on anode materials for lithium batteries. “Our scientists not only know how to grow carbon nanotubes but also how to combine them with other technologies,” explains Korabovska.At the beginning of the 3D Strong journey, the main aim was to understand where to apply all the knowledge. Petrychenko and Korabovska went to many exhibitions, talked with people from different industries, and tried to understand the main problems. “We found the pain in the 3D printing market – mostly, the material is only good for prototyping. So we ended up with an additive that increases the mechanical strength and durability of printing materials,” says Petrychenko. Korabovska adds, “If we give plastic and polymers real properties, these printed parts could be used in any type of any end product.” Petrychenko is confident 3D Strong helps to move 3D technologies from laboratory and prototyping to real industrial production.
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