Category Archives: materials

New modular winder from Brabender professionally rounds off laboratory extrusion lines for filament development

One of the current priorities in the further evolution of additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printing is the “translation” of tried-and-tested polymer materials such as those used in injection molding to the “3D sector”. High-performance, precise winders which provide these filaments at a high, reproducible quality level and which are tailored to the special […]

NRC Canada and AP&C develop new method of metal powder analysis

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and GE Additive spherical powder specialist AP&C have developed a method for anaylzing metal additive powders. Currently validated for use titanium the method is capable of detecting particle contamination, and assessing the properties of a material to avoid potentially critical faults in 3D printed parts for medicine and […]

ElogioAM officially launches with new dental grade 3D printer filament

ElogioAM, the 3D pritning materials joint venture between Dutch filament startyup 3D4Makers and Perstorp, a Swedish specialty chemicals company, has received regulatory approval and is now officially opened for business. Based in Haarlem, Netherlands, ElogioAM will provide its high-performance FFF Facilan filaments for medical applications, as well as its new dental grade filament, Facilan Ortho. “We’ve developed […]

Plasma treatments improve properties of PA12 powder for SLS 3D printing

Selective Laser Sintering is a 3D printing process that enables the production of smooth, durable, and self-supporting complex parts. Within SLS, nylon materials such as polyamide 12 (PA12) powder is used for high-end and mechanically demanding parts components due to its advanced material properties. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Sheffield and Germany’s […]

FibreTuff opens facility to meet demand for medical-grade 3D printer filament

FibreTuff Medical Biopolymers, a 3D printing biomaterial company based in Ohio, is opening a new facility to manufacture its own brand PAPC filament for medical application. Innovative Plastics and Molding (IPM), Inc. has the exclusive rights with FibreTuff to produce the new material. Robert Joyce, the President of IPM  told us that the manufacturing of PAPC […]

E3D Online and Victrex develop new PAEK material for additive manufacturing

UK-based E3D Online, an award-winning 3D printing technology developer and marketplace, and Victrex, a Lancashire-based manufacturer of high-performance polymers, have successfully created a formulation of polyaryletherketone (PAEK) filament for “lightly modified consumer” desktop FFF/FDM 3D printers. Regarded as an advanced thermoplastic, PAEK is traditionally used in injection molding and extrusion manufacturing processes. However, with its unique […]

OPM to establish 3D printed medical device operations in Asia

High performance additive manufacturing (HPAM) and material science company Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) has partnered with advanced material supplier JSR Corporation in Tokyo to launch medical & dental operations across Asia. Under the new partnership, JSR has an exclusive regional license to provide and distribute OPM’s PEKK based 3D printing services and consumables. The two entities will operate […]

Victrex to release improved PAEK for industrial 3D printing

Victrex, a UK supplier of high performance polymers is preparing to market newly developed additive manufacturing materials. One will improve recycling for unsintered powder in selective laser sintering (SLS). In fused filament fabrication (FFF), the company will also produce a filament with better Z-strength than existing Polyaryletherketone (PAEK), a leading material among high-temperature thermoplastics like […]

Arkema 3D Printing Center of Excellence for innovative material research

Arkema, a French chemical and materials company, is expected to open a 3D Printing Center of Excellence within its facility in Exton, Pennsylvania next week. This new R&D lab will focus on developing innovative 3D printing resins through its partner Sartomer, a global supplier of advanced additive manufacturing materials. “We’re launching the 3D Printing Center […]

Colorado strengthens 3D printing supply chain with composite materials alliance

Colorado is now home to the aptly-named Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing Infrastructure Development and Education (AMIDE) Association. The association has been launched by carbon fiber material recycling specialist Vartega, green technology advocacy Colorado Cleantech Industries Association (CCIA), North American engineering organization EWI, and online 3D service provider The 3D Printing Store. Andrew Maxey, CEO of […]