Cubic Ink® materials from ALTANA and dp polar are revolutionizing industrial 3D inkjet printing

formnext, the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing (Hall 12.1, Booth E39)

  • Outstanding precision: Industry-grade Cubic Ink® printing material families, including unprecedented heat resistance for manufacturer-independent use on 3D inkjet printers
  • Multi–material capability for maximum productivity: A wide variety of printing materials can be processed using the continuous Multi–material Jetting process
  • Three Cubic Ink® ink families: High Performance, Prototyping, and Support Materials


Frankfurt am Main/Wesel/Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, November 10, 2021 – At formnext, the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing, in Frankfurt am Main, specialty chemicals group ALTANA and 3D printer manufacturer dp polar will present three new Cubic Ink® 3D printing material families, among other things, a High Performance family with unprecedented heat resistance and multi-material capability.

For the first time, a wide variety of materials, including engineering-grade materials with different properties and the support material can be printed in a continuous process. This multi-material capability increases productivity, reduces unit costs, and creates more flexibility in the industrial production of 3D printed objects.

Multi–material 3D-Printing with Cubic Ink® High Performance materials

“With Cubic Ink® we are setting new standards in additive manufacturing and, for the first time, opening up to industrial users an efficient and sustainable perspective for the series production of highly resilient components,” says
Dr. Petra Severit, Chief Technology Officer of ALTANA AG. “As a result, customers benefit directly from our core competence and decades of experience in the development of innovative resilient high-performance materials. After all, only with high-performance, application-specific materials can the technical potential of a disruptive technology like 3D printing be truly exploited.”

The three Cubic Ink® print material families at a glance:

  1. High-Performance
    • 1-series: Excellent strength and heat resistance up to 193 °C, ideal for applications with hot liquids such as in the engine compartment;
    • 4-series: Good balance between heat deflection temperature of 100 °C and toughness with an elongation at break of up to 6% for maximum design freedom.
  2. Prototyping
    Three types of material:
    • “Tough/Rigid” with very good dimensional stability for robust applications;
    • “Flexible” with variable degrees of hardness, adjustable elasticity, and high sharpness of detail for flexible or stretchable component parts;
    • “Clear” for optical components – high transparency and individually adaptable due to a variable refractive index.
  3. Support Materials
    “Standard” and "Fast-dissolving” support materials. These are water-soluble, environmentally friendly, and can be removed automatically in a water bath without chemical solvents.

With Cubic Ink® ALTANA is once again expanding the range of applications for pioneering solutions in the highly innovative field of 3D printing. ALTANA AG recently expanded its portfolio of 3D printing materials by acquiring the business of TLS Technik GmbH & Co Spezialpulver KG and the British company Aluminium Materials Technologies Ltd. (AMT). In the hardware segment, ALTANA had already acquired a stake in dp polar in 2017 and has since been working closely with the technology company based in Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen near Karlsruhe. 

dp polar is the manufacturer of the Inkjet AMpolary® machine generation, the world’s first 3D printing system with a continuously rotating print platform. Unlike previous processes, it is not the print head that moves, but the platform on which the print is made. At this year's formnext, the company is presenting the AMpolar® i1, a new, more compact model with a build volume of up to 240 liters and a print platform of almost one square meter. This makes it possible to print layers between 4-25 µm, achieving an excellent resolution of up to 720 x 720 x 5,000 dpi. This new system supplements the AMpolar® i2 system presented at the last formnext with a build volume of about 700 liters. Even the more compact model has a larger build volume than previous printing systems available on the market in the material jetting sector. Components can thus be produced up to 20 times faster in larger numbers. 

“Our 3D printers of the AMpolar® machine generation are expressly designed for ALTANA's Cubic Ink® materials and therefore allow for optimal results,” says Dr. Florian Löbermann, Managing Director of dp polar GmbH. “Combined with ALTANA's expertise in material development, our inkjet 3D printers are currently the most productive and efficient printing solutions on the market.”

The Cubic Ink® printing material families now presented for industrial production open up completely new possibilities in product manufacture, especially for users in the automotive and aerospace industries, but also for medical technology (including orthoses).

Cubic Ink® materials: technical data sheets and more on 

ALTANA is a global leader in true specialty chemicals. The Group offers innovative, environmentally compatible solutions for coating manufacturers, paint and plastics processors, the printing and packaging industries, the cosmetics sector and the electrical and electronics industry. The product range includes additives, special coatings and adhesives, effect pigments, sealants and compounds, impregnating resins and varnishes, and testing and measuring instruments. ALTANA's four divisions, BYK, ECKART, ELANTAS, and ACTEGA, all occupy a leading position in their target markets with respect to quality, product solution expertise, innovation and service.

Headquartered in Wesel, Germany, the ALTANA Group has 48 production facilities and 65 service and research laboratories worldwide. Throughout the Group more than 6,500 people work to ensure the worldwide success of ALTANA. In 2020, ALTANA achieved sales of about € 2.2 billion. About 7 percent of sales is invested in research and development every year. Its high earning power and high growth rate make ALTANA one of the most innovative, fastest growing, and profitable chemical companies in the world. 

About dp polar:
dp polar is a dynamic, fast-growing technology company from Germany that develops 3D printing systems for industrial series production for the automotive, medical technology, aerospace, mechanical engineering, and consumer goods industries. dp polar's state-of-the-art additive manufacturing (AM) solutions meet the requirements of mass production of components and systems, improve supply chain efficiency, and reduce total cost of ownership. As a reliable and innovative partner, dp polar is successful in the AM ecosystem.