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3D Printing Filaments

Although it started almost as a game, today 3D printing filaments manufacturing for both industrial and low-cost 3D printers is an industry.

So much so that even giants such as SABIC, Verbatim (Mitsubishi) and others have begun to target it. Other large companies such as Covestro (Bayer) and Eastman Chemical partnered directly with companies operating in the low-cost 3D printing arena. NatureWorks, the largest producer of PLA in the world, has begun focusing specifically on 3D printing.

As 3D printing expands it also evolves more and more into a true industrial production newer companies continue to evolve their offer and technological capabilities. Each company focuses on specific material and specific customer segments (Industrial, Professional, Consumers, Makers and Education) and all agree that explosive growth is on the horizon.

Let’s see how far this industry can go.

ORNL develops sustainable plant-based 3D printing material with superior layer adhesion strength


The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, also known as ORNL, is consistently on the cutting edge of additive manufacturing innovation. In a recent initiative, ORNL researchers have developed plant-based 3D printing materials which not only make use of biofuel byproducts but also demonstrate improved inter-layer adhesion for printed parts. The material …

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3D4Makers’ Joris Peels talks next-gen filaments and the importance of meeting client needs

Joris Peels

3D4Makers, a Dutch filament producer founded by father and son Jan-Peter and Jasper Wille, has dedicated itself to changing and improving how 3D printing filaments are produced. With experience in the raw plastics industry and a grasp on additive manufacturing technologies, 3D4Makers’ founders knew that they could bring something different …

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SABIC expands fast-growing AM materials portfolio with new ULTEM and LEXAN filaments

SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is expanding its additive manufacturing materials offering for the third time in the past year alone. Specifically, SABIC is launching three new filaments for fused deposition modeling (FDM): ULTEM AM1010F filament for general high-temperature applications, including tooling; and ULTEM AMHU1010F and LEXAN …

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TreeD’s newest 3D printing filament PNEUMATIQUE is made from recycled rubber tires

Italian filament producer TreeD is treading new ground with its new PNEUMATIQUE 3D printing filament. The new material is derived from recycled rubber tires and offers similar qualities to the original material in terms of strength and flexibility. Though they are a daily part of our lives and may seem …

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Update: Solvay KetaSpire PEEK filaments to be included in e-Xstreme’s Digimat simulation software

Solvay aims to take additive manufacturing (AM) to the next level with the launch of three specialty polymer filaments that promise to introduce game-changing performance for 3D printed parts. These are based primarily on PEEK and PEEK composites, the demand of which has been increasing exponentially in polymer-based additive manufacturing. …

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Keene Village Plastics and 3D Printlife partner to launch line of eco-friendly filaments

KVP and 3D Printlife partnered together to create the first complete line of eco-friendly filaments including ABS, PETG & Performance rPET 3D materials. Keene Village Plastics is always looking for ways to improve how they manufacturer material and produce filaments that are environmentally friendly, with their N-Vire Line of filaments they …

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