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Perstorp and 3D4makers Develop First 5th Generation 3D Filament

Perstorp and 3D4Makers are developing a new generation of high quality, high performance filament. As the world’s first fifth-generation 3D filament, Facilan enables applications previously unobtainable with other 3D printing materials. Developed jointly by Perstorp and 3D4makers, Facilan delivers fit-for-purpose filaments for 3D additive manufacturing. Currently comprising three materials, the Facilan portfolio is designed to meet the toughest requirements for a wide range of medical and manufacturing products.

Both Perstorp and 3D4Makers saw an opportunity in the market for a novel 3D filament. Many existing filaments are simply not suitable for manufacturing. From a customer perspective, users reported many issues with the printability of existing filaments and the mechanical qualities of printed parts. Problems include layer adhesion, warping, surface quality and misprints. Hence, a clear opportunity exists to improve strength, throughput, and the mechanical qualities of materials.

By combining the deep insights of both companies into the 3D printing process along with user feedback, and after extensive testing, the Facilan portfolio has been developed. It is the first 3D printing material suitable for manufacturing applications and is aimed at companies who want to use 3D printing in high throughput operations as well as high quality prototyping applications. Both Perstorp and 3D4Makers are committed to bringing this next generation of 3D printing materials to market through a joint collaboration that will serve customers with the toughest requirements in medical and manufacturing using 3D printing.

Facilan is the world’s first soft touch 3D printing material, exhibiting better layer adhesion and the world’s best surface quality in 3D printing materials. The portfolio consists of Facilan C8, Facilan HT and Facilan Ortho, which demonstrate some of the best mechanical qualities of any 3D printing filament for their respective applications.

Facilan C8 is a step change in 3D printing enabling the best-looking parts at the best dimensional accuracy. Developed for high throughput manufacturing applications of consumer-friendly parts, it has excellent mechanical qualities and a luxurious soft touch feel. Stronger than ABS yet easier to process than PLA, Facilan C8’s surface quality and low warping give it the best look and feel of any 3D printing material.

3D4Makers and Perstorp will continue to develop the Facilan family to bring high performance materials to 3D printing. 3D4Makers Sales Manager Ardy Struijk stated that, “We’re incredibly proud to be working with such an innovative company as Perstorp. Their deep understanding of polymer chemistry and high-performance materials dovetails well with our understanding of 3D printing. Their diligence and expertise in testing and data collection and analysis have brought hereto unknown scientific rigor to the development of 3D printing materials.”

David James, VP Innovation of Perstorp stated that “Together with 3D4makers unique process technology for high quality filament production, we are enabling fit-for-purpose filaments for 3D additive manufacturing. It is all about chemistry and engineering at their best, and for satisfying today´s demand for more reliable 3D FDM printing quality.”

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