Industrial additive manufacturing solutions provider and 3D printer OEM Essentium Inc. launched its production-ready Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE) 3D Printing Platform two years ago, and has lately been focusing on growing its portfolio of 3D printing materials and partnering with other companies in an effort to increase adoption of the technology. The Pflugerville, Texas-based startup, which recently announced that it is ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR certified, is now dipping its toe into the AM accessories business with the news that it has launched a line of all-in-one 3D printing adhesives.
The company worked with Maltese startup Thought3D Ltd, which produces the Magigoo 3D printing adhesive product line, in order to make 3D printer bed adhesion better for a variety of engineering-grade polymers. Essentium’s new 3D printing adhesives were tailored especially for use with its materials portfolio and HSE platform, so the company says that users can work on industrial-scale 3D printing jobs and rest easy knowing that the prints will adhere to the bed.
“Continuous innovation across the entire 3D printing ecosystem is central to the revolutionary shift to large-scale additive manufacturing and Essentium is committed to providing a powerful platform to help manufacturers drive significant performance improvements,” Brandon Sweeney, PhD, the Head of R&D for Materials and Co-Founder of Essentium Inc., stated in a press release sent to 3DPrint.com. “For customers, these new adhesives enable high-quality prints every time while also being solvent-free and environmentally friendly.”
Thought3D is a top provider of 3D printing bed adhesive solutions, and its products are designed to have the maximum adhesive temperature for ABS and PLA filaments. In 2016, the startup completed a total rebrand of the Magigoo adhesion pen, complete with an enhanced formulation, which was later showcased at the 2017 TCT Show. According to the product website, Magigoo and Magigoo Pro adhesives are used to keep prints in place during the building process, but still allow for an easy removal once the print has been completed. BigRep can vouch for the 3D print adhesion solution, and last summer Thought3D partnered with Anisoprint to solve 3D printing adhesion issues.
The newly launched Essentium 3D Printing Bed Adhesives – Powered by Magigoo have been designed to work with heated 3D print beds, as the HSE Platform can reach temperatures of up to 200°C.
“Since bed adhesion is critical to the success of the high-speed extrusion process, we wanted to provide our customers a reliable adhesion solution that would give them confidence in their prints,” the product website states.
Users apply the adhesive to the plate to ensure that the print remains in place during the process, and once the bed has cooled, the print is easily released from the bed, no muss no fuss. These adhesives are said to ensure “consistent and reliable printing” without having to use tough chemicals, tapes, rafts, or anything else. In order to keep up with the increasing demand for high-quality industrial 3D printed parts, Essentium is releasing a large, 120 ml size of the bed adhesives.
According to Magigoo, with these new bed adhesives, Essentium has “been able to cater for a significant number” of its own extrusion-based filaments. It’s releasing a total of four formulations, which are available for purchase immediately. First, there’s an option for Standard filaments, which is designed to work with PLA, ABS, and PETG materials and costs $45, and the $55 option works exclusively with Nylon filaments like Essentium’s polyamide materials.
A third option, which also costs $55, was designed to be used with Flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) filaments. Finally, there’s a High-Temperature version that costs $99. All four are odorless and non-toxic, long-lasting, and easy to apply. You should only use the adhesives with the 3D printing material for which they’re designated, or risk damage to your build surface and over-adhesion. If you want all four Essentium 3D Printing Bed Adhesives – Powered by Magigoo, you can purchase the full kit for $250.
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