Hungarian company Philament is an inventive filament manufacturer that turns PLA into more than just PLA – it is known for its PLA composites, for example, that offer all of the benefits of the material without its drawbacks. Now Philament has introduced a new brand of filament called Philament Engineering. It’s PLA-based, but unlike ordinary PLA, it is extremely heat-resistant, up to 140ºC.
PLA is not generally thought of as an engineering-grade filament, but Philament has made it so with its new product. In addition to its heat resistance, Philament Engineering is also a high impact and shockproof material, well-suited for industrial environments. Objects printed from the filament hold their shape well and do not warp, unlike traditional PLA. Philament Engineering is so tough that it can even be used for metal replacement applications.
“With Philament Engineering we would like to increase the selection of our Philament Technical products, dedicated to industrial needs,” said Dr. Zsolt Bodnar, CEO of Philament. “The results of the tests and first feedbacks from customers have confirmed our goal, to develop a filament for challenging applications in different industries.”
Suggested printing temperature is 215ºC, with a bed temperature of 100ºC. Philament Engineering material is available in both 1.75 and 2.85 mm diameter in white, blue and black, at €45 each.
Taulman3D has also come out with a new line of engineering-grade filaments, adding to its extensive line of quality materials. The first, taulman3D Alloy 920GF, is a glass fiber-filled filament designed with the automotive industry in mind. One of the reasons the automotive industry has not employed more filament-based 3D printing, according to taulman3D, is due to the lack of a material that meets temperature and cold flow requirements. Taulman3D Alloy 920GF not only meets both of these requirements, but its base polymer is an Alloy 910 material that imparts significant tensile strength. This new material will be on sale in two weeks.
Taulman3D PPEPS is a polyphenylene ether and polystyrene filament designed for the aerospace industry. Like the automotive industry, aerospace has not utilized filament-based 3D printing very much because of the lack of a filament that meets temperature and fire retardant requirements. When filament-based materials are used in aerospace, they are typically PEEK or Ultem-based materials due to their fire retardant characteristics; however, these filaments are expensive and also limited to only a few 3D printers that are capable of printing with them. Taulman3D PPEPS prints at a lower temperature than these other materials and thus can be printed by a wider range of printers, including LulzBot, Prusa, BCN3D Sigma, Raise3D Pro2, and Zortrax M300 3D printers. The material also has excellent hydrolytic stability, making it well-suited to water and steam environments and autoclaves. It is on sale now.
Taulman3D Alloy 960CF is a carbon fiber-filled filament designed for the automotive industry, as well as applications that require a very hard yet durable material. It was developed to support large parts where shrinkage and warping would otherwise be an issue. The material has an excellent surface finish, visually masking layer lines while maintaining strength even with thin-walled parts. It is also well-suited to long parts or those that need “cantilever” strength. This new material is on sale now.
All three new taulman3D materials will work with the soon-to-be-released EVOLV3D Universal Support Material from Dow.
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