M. Holland Company, a distributor of thermoplastic resin materials, has announced an expanded distribution partnership with BASF 3D Printing Solutions. The agreement will see M. Holland begin to distribute a stainless-steel composite filament, BASF’s Ultrafuse 316L, marking the company’s first foray outside of thermoplastic resins.
Ultrafuse 316L is a metal-polymer composite that allows users to print cost-effective metallic parts using standard FFF 3D printers. Parts printed from the composite filament can subsequently undergo debinding and sintering using industry-standard processes to achieve solid metal parts. The addition of the filament to M. Holland’s 3D printing materials portfolio marks a new direction for the distribution company.
“We are excited to broaden our existing relationship with BASF and are fortunate to be among the select organizations authorized to distribute Ultrafuse 316L,” commented Haleyanne Freedman, Market Manager of 3D Printing at M. Holland. “This metal polymer composite filament is a groundbreaking and industry-changing product that is also cost-effective. Our clients can leverage this distinct material to complement existing plastic injection molding opportunities and a wide array of other applications.”
The stainless steel-polymer composite filament is targeted primarily to plastic injection molders and OEMs, who can leverage the material to produce metal tooling, jigs and fixtures, as well as functional prototypes and end-use components. Used in combination with debinding and sintering, the filament can result in industrial-grade metal parts.
“By expanding our distribution partnership with M. Holland to now include our Ultrafuse 316L metal filament for additive manufacturing, we are able to make the printing of metal parts more accessible and affordable to manufacturers,” added Firat Hizal, Head of Metal Systems at BASF 3D Printing Solutions. “As we expand our presence in North America, customers can quickly and reliably create stainless steel parts, utilizing their existing printers and an established debinding and sintering network.”
In addition to BASF’s Ultrafuse 316L filament, M. Holland also offers a range of BASF 3D printing materials in its distribution portfolio. It also offers additive manufacturing materials from Henkel, Owens Corning and 3DXTech.