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 materials.
Polycarbonates offer some of the best mechanical characteristics of any 3D printing polymer, particularly when it comes to impact resistance. They have traditionally been popular among the automotive industry, applied in high vibration environments but have also gained traction across many other industries, notably Aerospace, Medical, Robotics and functional prototyping.
Polymaking the business
When they launched in 2014, the Malta-based start-up identified the key demand for an effective adhesion material tailored at improving print quality on a variety of filaments and filament extrusion systems. Now they are reaping the benefits of their far-sightedness as their Magigoo brand of materials is emerging as the ideal solution for an increasing number of filament and hardware manufacturers, with new products expanding the range of possibilities.
In the specific case of polycarbonates, it needs to be considered that this family of materials can operate in temperatures well over 100°C but also requires high printing temperatures and warm environments, for larger parts, bed adhesion is critical to the success rate of a polycarbonate 3D print. Thought3D have therefore developed a special formula dedicated for polycarbonate bed adhesion. Using their smart adhesion technology, the PC formula adheres to printed parts locking them to the heated bed while also easily releasing at cold temperatures.
“There are other techniques for ensuring a good adhesion for PC parts, however, none of them work as seamlessly as Magigoo. The way in which printed parts release once the bed has cooled down is, for me, the best aspect of this product. For large PC prints, Magigoo will save the heartache of wrenching away at your 3D printer to retrieve your PC part. Users printing PC regularly will understand the value immediately,” said Luke Taylor, Marketing Manager, Polymaker.
PMPP my 3D printer
In continuation with the Printer Manufacturer Partnership Program (PMPP) announced last year, Polymaker is continuing to deliver on its mission of bringing 3D printing to main-stream manufacturing. Functional and small- scale manufacturing relies on repeatable solutions that are achieved through the interplay between machines and materials. Magigoo smart adhesives deliver a hassle-free interface between the printed object and machine raising the production efficiency for professional additive manufacturing.
With more industries adopting 3D printing, the specialization of material, machine and process have become more focused. Thought3D has formulated new solutions to common sticking and warping problems for large format 3D printers dedicated to industrial plastics like Polypropylene, Polycarbonate and Nylons.
The new specialty mixes bring convenience to industrial users. Adhesives are easily applied, require no change to the leveling of the 3D printing bed. They stick when hot and provide easy release when cooled down. The big difference a user will notice is the ease of cleaning the layer of Magigoo. In essence, new industrial mixes will provide the same or better adhesion than alternatives and provide convenience and reliable use.
“We are really excited to work with Polymaker and their highly professional team. We have spent significant time cross-referencing each other’s materials to provide the highest value to end users. We love Polymaker filaments and are sure that this collaboration will benefit end-users and strengthen positions of both companies making the offering complete. We hope to provide a solution to any presently used and future filament. It is a win-win-win combination for all,” commented Andrei-Andy Linnas, co-founder of Thought3D.