There are a lot of eco-friendly filament manufacturers out there, but two of the biggest – and ones that we cover regularly – are 3D-Fuel and 3Dom (which is comprised of two branches, 3Dom USA and 3Dom Europe). 3Dom vaulted to popularity with their novel filament lines made from the waste byproducts of coffee and beer, and, most recently, filament made from hemp. 3D-Fuel, also big fans of waste reduction and biologically-based materials, recently made the news with their algae-based Algae-Fuel filament. Now, with their powers combined, 3D-Fuel, 3Dom USA and 3Dom Europe have teamed up to form…not Captain Planet, but perhaps his equal in environmentalism? 3DomFuel will combine the resources of all three companies under one roof to expand their production capabilities and brainstorm new ideas for materials that are both high quality and Earth-friendly.
“We have a strong focus on utilizing waste materials and by-products from manufacturing processes to develop new materials that provide unique properties to the 3D Printing Industry,” said Jake Clark, CEO of 3Dom USA. “Under the new company, we will have increased production and R&D capacity, enabling 3DomFuel to increase quality and material options even further.”
3DomFuel, which will maintain facilities in both the US and Europe, will continue to manufacture products under the 3D-Fuel name. Currently, the new company’s product line includes:
- Advanced PLA, a high heat-resistant filament that has been 3D-Fuel’s most popular product
- Premium PLA standard filament
- Wound Up coffee filament
- Buzzed beer filament
- Entwined hemp filament
- Biome3D bio-based filament
- Glass Filled PLA
- Dyna-Purge 3D Clean eco-friendly cleaning material
“We are very excited about 3DomFuel and what this means to our loyal customer base,” said Matthew Stegall, CEO of 3D-Fuel. “Our new manufacturing capabilities will result in even higher quality than what has been available to the 3D Printing market. Being 100% centered on the FDM 3D printing market means we concentrate solely on what is important to all creators, from manufacturers to enthusiasts. This, combined with our expanded infrastructure, will give 3DomFuel the ability to rapidly provide unique, sustainable, and highly functional materials to the global industry.”
3DomFuel currently has several FDM 3D printing products in the pipeline, to be released over the course of 2016. No details have been provided as to what types of filaments we can expect, but based on 3Dom’s and 3DFuel’s histories, it’s a safe bet that they’ll be high quality, environmentally friendly, and most likely novel and fun.
“We are pleased to join forces with 3DomFuel, allowing us to combine our strengths in facilitating the development and commercialization of innovative functional printing filaments,” said Ciaran McMenamin, CEO of 3Dom Europe.
By pooling their resources, the companies making up the new 3DomFuel hope to increase their global presence, as well. If you’d like to become a reseller, visit 3D-Fuel’s website here. What are your thoughts on this partnership? Discuss in the 3DomFuel forum over at 3DPB.com.