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.


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Latest 3D printing filament news:

  • 3D Printlife PAPC and PEEK filaments

    3D Printlife announces PAPC Bone Replacement and PEEK filaments

    American filament manufacturer 3D Printlife is preparing to launch two new 3D printing materials at the upcoming RAPID industry show in Detroit: FibreTuff PAPC Bone Replacement Filament and PEEK. FibreTuff PAPC Bone Replacement Filament FibreTuff PAPC Bone Replacement filament is a biocompatible, non-toxic material made from polyamide polyolefin and cellulose…

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  • ColorFabb LW-PLA

    ColorFabb launches ‘foaming’ LW-PLA 3D printing filament

    3D printing filament company ColorFabb has presented its newest material release:  LW-PLA. The light weight filament—the first of its kind—uses a novel active foaming technology to achieve low density, light PLA 3D printed parts. According to the company, the new filament will begin to “foam” at around 230°C, increasing its…

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  • Ultimaker Materials Alliance

    Ultimaker Material Alliance Program has over 80 partner companies

    Ultimaker, a leader in desktop 3D printing, announced that the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program has now influenced over 80 companies worldwide to develop material print profiles for FFF/FDM 3D printing. Ultimaker first formed the program in April 2018 to meet the growing demand for industrial-grade engineering 3D printing materials. Exactly…

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  • UPM and Carbodeon developing cellulose and nanodiamond materials for 3D printing

    UPM and Carbodeon are developing cellulose and nanodiamond reinforced raw materials for 3D printing. The nanodiamond additives provide the product not only improved stiffness and strength but also higher heat deflection temperature. The product novelties will be available both for Fused Granular Fabrication (FGF) and for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).…

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  • Copper3D joins Ultimaker Material Alliance Program

    Chilean-American company Copper3D, specialized in the development of antimicrobial materials for 3D printing, has joined the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program from leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker. Copper3D is a company that has been much talked about in recent months for its rapid progress in the segment of “active materials” with…

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  • Sabic introduces new AMS31F breakaway support filament

    SABIC is introducing the new AMS31F filament, the company’s breakaway support material for thermoplastic filament extrusion technology. The new filament maintains rigidity during printing and provides exceptional pliability during post-processing to enable easier removal of scaffolding at room temperature, which can help reduce the time required to produce finished parts.…

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  • Polymaker now recommends Magigoo smart adhesive for their PC based materials.

    Polymaker, a leading global supplier of 3D printing filaments signed a partnership with Thought3D, producers of Magigoo 3D printing smart adhesives. As a result, Polymaker is now recommending Magigoo by adding PC Smart Adhesive to its product information sheet to aid bed adhesion and production workflow for their Polycarbonate based…

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  • Arkema and 3DXTech bring FluorX filament to Ultimaker’s Cura Marketplace 

    Arkema has joined the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program, bringing a very high-performance polymer to the program. The new PVDF-based filament, known as FluorX, is produced by 3DXTech and is specifically designed for printing highly technical 3D parts that require extreme performance. Ultimaker’s Marketplace allows users to easily install print profiles that…

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  • Desktop Metal introduces new 316L Stainless Steel material for Studio System

    With even Space X using it to build the body of its new Starship to Mars, Stainless steel is experiencing a revival. While advanced alloys can provide unique yet niche applications, stainless steels like 316L are extremely versatile and – perhaps more importantly – very affordable. That is particularly true…

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  • Refabricator NASA ISS

    NASA astronauts install Refabricator 3D printer and plastic recycler aboard ISS

    NASA astronauts have reportedly installed the first combination 3D printer and plastic recycling system aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The device, called the Refabricator, was developed by Tethers Unlimited and will enable astronauts to not only 3D print in space but also recycle and reuse plastic materials. The Refabricator…

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