Petrochemical company Braskem has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with M. Holland Company for its new polypropylene 3D printing filament. The material is based on a proprietary formula that delivers high stability, low warpage and consistent extrusion. M. Holland Company will resell the filament to its broad network of clients.
The addition of Braskem’s polypropylene material to its portfolio of 3D printing filaments will enable M. Holland Company to better meet the needs of its customers. The material, one of the most widely used commodity plastics, is sought after for its high chemical resistance and hydrophobic properties, but has been challenging to 3D print up until now because of high failure rates. The newly launched filament overcomes these challenges and offers a high degree of stability and printability, making it ideal for prototyping applications.
M. Holland Company trialled Braskem’s polypropylene materials, including FL100PP and FL105PP, and were satisfied with the dimensional accuracy and repeatability of the filaments. The material reportedly resulted in parts with clean surfaces and excellent layer adhesion. The filament also demonstrated reduced stringing and improved surface performance with support material. As a bonus, the filament is fully recyclable.
“The 3D printing market has seen increased adoption of additive manufacturing technologies and applications due to machinery commoditization and expanded material offerings,” said Haleyanne Freedman, Market Manager of 3D Printing at M. Holland. “Our partnership to distribute Braskem’s 3D printing polypropylene products will enable injection molders to finally use genuinely 3D printable and easy-to-use polypropylene, opening up a world of applications.”
Jason Vagnozzi, Director of North America New Ventures and Digital for Braskem, added: “We are proud to introduce our high-performing polypropylene material to the 3D printing market and explore developing opportunities in this space. M. Holland’s technical knowledge and relationships within the 3D printing industry will help us demonstrate the superior results of this material in a complex market space.”
M. Holland is also an official reseller for materials developers BASF, Henkel, 3DXTech and Owens Corning. In recent news, Braskem and Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) announced the release of a polypropylene powder material for SLS 3D printing.