UPM, a Finnish company specializing in driving the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future, is introducing its new UPM Formi 3D filament. The new product is based on a new type of biocomposite that has been specially developed for 3D printing. It brings together advanced cellulose fibre and biopolymer technologies.
With a matte finish and a surface that feels natural to the touch, filaments for 3D printing can be produced in light colors as well as dark. The new material has been engineered to flow smoothly through small nozzles enabling fine details. At the same time, UPM Formi 3D’s fast cooling and low shrinkage ensures improved dimensional stability and makes it the ideal material for large-scale printing. UPM Formi 3D’s self-supporting molten stage properties enable round or other complex shapes to be produced without a separate support material. Wood like post-processing of prints is another benefit of the new biocomposite: fine sanding, reduced paint absorption and easy to glue with PVAC.
UPM Formi 3D is produced and sold in granule form to producers of filaments for 3D printing or directly for large scale printing from granules. Typical UPM Formi 3D end-use applications include prototypes, design, education and concept modules e.g. for architecture. UPM Formi grades are available with FSC® and PEFC(TM) certification.
On the 18 and 19 April 2018, UPM Formi 3D will be presented at the NORDIC 3D EXPO at the Dipoli Conference Center in Espoo in Finland. At the exhibition, UPM Biocomposites and Maker3D will provide further information as well as material samples, filaments and demonstrate live printing.