High performance polymers for additive manufacturing

Zymergen develops high-performance polymers for additive manufacturing to unlock new capabilities in aerospace, automotive, transportation, and more. Our discovery platform efficiently finds and makes new materials for manufacturers to quickly bring innovative products to market.

Key Benefits

  • Bio-inspired monomers for tunable performance
  • Material designs sourced from our natural chemical database
  • Shorter time-to-market with our predictive modeling and materials simulation
  • Greater strength-to-weight ratio than incumbent materials
  • Compatibility with a broad array of printing equipment

Feature Polymer:

A 3D printed part

Z2, our printable polyimide, has critical advantages for printing parts that require high tensile strength and higher yield. In addition, Z2 opens the possibility to print high-performance parts in a wider variety of printers.

Potential applications:

  • Parts for civilian and defense aircraft
  • Space CubeSats
  • High-strength parts in harsh conditions
  • Under-the-hood performance parts like air-fuel systems



A satellite with Earth in the background

Aviation and aerospace designs involve some of the most highly complex part assemblies and toughest material standards in the industry. Additive manufacturing enables design with function integration to reduce weight and number of components. This saves time, weight, and money, as well as reduces potential failure modes during assembly. Zymergen polymers for additive manufacturing have the potential to enable complex, consolidated, lightweight parts with outstanding performance.


A red racing car

A new generation of lightweight materials, capable of operating under extreme heat and mechanical loads, promises a leap forward in automotive innovation. Additive manufacturing can bring down the time and cost to bring new designs to market, and enable spare part production locally to improve supply chain logistics. With electric vehicles, additive manufacturing is ideal for lightweight concepts to extend vehicle range. Zymergen materials have the potential to enable new design frontiers to drive automotive innovation.


A high speed train

New materials in additive manufacturing could change the way we design and produce transportation components. In the railway industry, for example, transit buyers are seeking new, lightweight designs with both enhanced functionality and lower carbon footprint and cost. At the same time, older rolling stock suffer greater downtime due to lack of spare parts. Additive manufacturing could solve both these problems by enabling new and replacement parts to be 3D-printed, assembled, and tested in weeks, not months or years.


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