Category Archives: materials

SABIC goes large with a series of material launches at formnext 2017

Saudi 3D printing materials producer and OEM Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has announced the European launch of its Thermocomp AM 3D printing compounds, specifically for large format 3D printing. SABIC also debuted its new Lexan EXL filament. Thermocomp AM, specialised for larger than life applications SABIC’s Thermocomp AM materials have been developed for use […]

Dow Chemical enters 3D printing with launch of EVOLV3D platform

Dow Chemical, a subsidiary of DowDuPont, has announced its entry into 3D printing materials market with the launch of the EVOLV3D Universal Support Material (USM) as part of an upcoming  EVOLV3D platform. First fruits of corporate chemical collaboration Dow first revealed their Liquid Silicone Rubber Solution LC 3335 earlier this year at SolidWorks World together with […]

LPW Technology and APWORKS form strategic partnership

LPW Technology and APWORKS have announced a strategic partnership. LPW Technology Ltd, a metal powder manufacturer, has formed a strategic partnership with AIRBUS APWORKS GmbH to supply its high-performance Scalmalloy® aluminium-magnesium scandium alloy to the additive manufacturing sector. Ben Ferrar, LPW’s Chief Operating Officer said: “As the market leader in the development, processing and supply […]

GreenBatch turns waste plastic into free 3D printer filament for schools

Australian engineer Darren Lomman is addressing Western Australia’s lack of plastic reprocessing facilities by turning the region’s waste plastic into 3D printer filament. Through his not-for-profit organization GreenBatch, Lomman is aiming to reduce the amount of plastic waste ending up in the oceans, landfill or incinerators, whilst simultaneously popularising 3D printing as an educational tool […]

3Diligent delivers on grand designs to offer Silicone 3D printing

Rapid manufacturing service provider 3Diligent has introduced 3D printing of silicone to its capabilities. Based in El Segundo, California, the company is now accepting requests for quotes for silicone in the hope that innovative designers will make use of the service. The possible applications of 3D printed silicone range from electronics to artificial organs, making […]

Researchers turn Yellowstone methane into 3D printer material

Though methane only constitutes around 0.00017% of the Earth’s atmosphere, the gas is responsible for 20% of the total radiative forcing created by greenhouse gases. Naturally generated by rice paddies, livestock and geysers, scientists are looking for other uses for methane and reduce its abundance in the atmosphere. A research project from Montana State University, the […]

LLNL stainless steel 3D printing “better than traditional manufacturing”

In a recent study led by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), scientists have discovered a way of making stainless steel two to three times stronger than usual. The method takes advantage of the unique grain structure of stainless steel parts when 3D printed using powder bed fusion (PBF) technology. Though the goal of the research was […]

Michigan Tech study asks how flexible 3D printing can save costs at home

Casio watch straps, ice cube trays, car parts and phone cases are among the items 3D printed in the latest study by Michigan Tech researchers Aubrey Woern and Professor Joshua Pearce. The items were made to determine whether the average home could save money by using a desktop 3D printer as an alternative to products bought […]

Can 3D printed nanocellulose transform the food industry?

Developed in the late 1970s at the ITT Rayonier labs in Whippany, New Jersey, nanocellulose, is a fibrous, fibrillated or crystalline form of cellulose – the primary building block in the cell walls of green plants. As a material, nanocellulose is heralded as a natural reinforcement in material fabrication, and is commercially used as a low-calorie thickener, flavour […]

Discover Three New Colors for Your 3D Prints in Polyamide (SLS)

All good things come in threes and today we are happy to introduce three new stunning colors for your polyamide prints: Bordeaux, Petrol Blue and Brown. Recently, we presented some new finishes for polyamide: improved polished, satin and waterproof. But we wanted to offer you an even bigger selection for your polyamide 3D designs. So by popular demand, you’ll be able to get your models in these brand new colors from now on. Beautiful, aren’t they? More information about the new colors for Polyamide (SLS) Bordeaux Elegant and vibrant is how we see our new polyamide pigment. This color takes its name from the French wine region of Bordeaux because it resembles the color of the wine. Another name for bordeaux is claret, which is also a variety of wine. Don’t confuse it with burgundy, also a color inspired by wine, but slightly darker than bordeaux. Petrol Blue We already offer one acclaimed blue for polyamide, and now we want to add another shade: Petrol Blue. This color, made of greyish blue with some green, is in full trend nowadays and is common to see in decorative items, clothes or eyewear. Some people think that the name of this color is a misspelling of petrel blue that refers to the seabird. In reality, this name comes from the color of petrol-derived compounds such as paraffin, which is often a deep blue color. Brown Last but not least, we have also added brown to our choice of polyamide colors. Brown is a serious and down-to-earth color that radiates security, protection and comfort, symbolizing nature and everything organic. Brown reminds us of falling leaves and hot chocolate. Perfect for this time of year! A broader palette for your 3D designs These new colors have been added to the wide existing selection of colors that we already offer for your 3D prints in Polyamide SLS. Yellow Orange Red Green Blue Purple Black As the perfect finish for your 3D-printed polyamide models, we recommend our new improved polished finish for a shinier look and a smooth feel. The new colors are also available with stain and dyed finish. And with these new colors, we now offer up to 43 different finishes for your polyamide prints! Which is your favorite new color? What would you print in our new colors for Polyamide (SLS)?Once your 3D model in our new colors is ready to print, you can easily upload it on our platform to order. Get inspired with these stunning 3D-printed designs in polyamide and discover how this versatile material for 3D printing works.