UK 3D printing filament brand, Filamentive, launched the new Filamentive PRO range, a specialized portfolio of high-performance 3D printing polymers for engineering applications.
Offering strength-to-weight ratios that surpass most metals, this next generation of high-performance polymers have the capability to disrupt the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing and medical industries – so much so that the polyaryletherketone (PAEK) family, including PEEK and PEKK – are expected to account for nearly 19 percent of total polymer 3D print material revenues by 2026.
As per the 2021 Sculpteo State of 3D Printing Report, 49% of Power Users (3D printing in a work context with significant experience using the technology) say they use it for production. Furthermore, the industry has to meet the needs of end-use applications with new materials with 72% of users naming strength as the most important material property.
“With 3D printing increasingly utilized as a real production tool, Filamentive PRO seeks to meet the growing demand for high-performance polymers used in industrial applications, whilst still upholding our central sustainability agenda,” said Ravi Toor, Founder & Managing Director of Filamentive.
Filamentive PRO materials were developed through collaborative partnerships with Mitsubishi Chemical and LEHVOSS. Sustainability remains a strong focus of Filamentive PRO. To reduce environmental impact, all materials sold will be spooled onto 100% recyclable cardboard reels, reducing waste and eliminating hard-to-recycling plastic reels. Furthermore, these polymers are inherently more hard-wearing and resistant than conventional 3D printing filaments such as PLA, enabling long-term, end-use applications – extending product life cycles and thus reducing the associated material input, energy use and wastage. Carbon offset is another sustainability initiative: Filamentive’s partnership with Ecologi ensures carbon emissions arising from production, transport and employee activity are now offset.
Mitsubishi implements KAITEKI – an original concept of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation Group that proposes a way forward in the sustainable development of society and the planet, in addition to serving as a guide for solving environmental and social issues. LEHVOSS has a proactive sustainability agenda and are signatories of the UN Global Compact – a commitment to supporting the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption.
High-temperature filaments are used in applications that require high heat resistance, high strength and broad chemical resistance. All of which are UL 94-V0 rated. This includes: PEI ULTEM™ 1010 (an ultra-performance material with a glass transition temperature of 217°C), PEI ULTEM™ 9085 (a high-performance polymer with excellent mechanical performance), PPSU (a polymer that exhibits impact resistance and chemical resistance superior to ULTEM), 3F PEKK 50082 NT (exhibiting outstanding mechanical properties combined with excellent thermal, wear, and chemical resistance), 3F PEEK CF 9676 (a polyetheretherketone reinforced with carbon fibre for improved stiffness and compressive strength) and 3F PEEK 9581 (unreinforced PEEK grade with metal-replacing capabilities).
LUVOCOM 3F Filaments are specially designed to provide an easy-to-print experience and to achieve another level of properties and quality. With LUVOCOM 3F compounds, the LEHVOSS Group is offering materials specially optimized for 3D printing, enabling high-performance parts for industrial applications. These include 3F PAHT 9825 (a high-temperature resistant polyamide), 3F PAHT 9936 (with excellent tensile and impact strength and allows continued operation up to 100°C – 120°C), 3F PAHT CF 9891 (a 15% carbon fiber reinforced PA6 with impressive material stiffness, and 3F PP CF 9928 (a polypropylene (PP) copolymer reinforced with carbon fibers – suitable for ESD safe applications.