fFenner Drives has announced the release of their new SemiFlex 3D printing filament across the US and Europe, and they say the product will expand 3D capabilities with a unique set of properties. SemiFlex 3D Filament, which is joining the NinjaFlex filament line, is said to have flexibility, strength, and reliability for 3D printing projects.

Fenner Drives says SemiFlex is most useful when less flexibility than NinjaFlex Original 3D Filament provides is required, and that it provides a high level of detail for intricate parts and high resolution text, can stand up to unsupported vertical printing, and provides shock absorption in finished objects.

NF-SF-comp-chart-4This latest addition to the NinjaFlex family “is slightly more rigid” than NinjaFlex, and its consistent diameter and material properties provide reliable, high quality prints. The patent pending technology used in the filament allows for smooth feeding, and a low friction exterior allows smooth feed through filament guides as well.

Fenner Drives says the high elasticity and excellent abrasion resistance of the new filament makes for excellent build platform adhesion and bonding between layers.

With a filament hardness of approximately 85A for NinjaFlex, and 98A for SemiFlex, both filaments are REACH and RoHS 2002/95/EC Directive Compliant. Both filaments also come in 1.75mm and 3.00mm filament spools.

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The company says recommended extruder temperatures should fall within the 210-25°C range, recommended platform temperatures are in the 20-50°C range, and recommended print speed should be 30mm per second.

Janan Thomson of Fenner Drives says the company is also about to release a “skin tone” version of the company’s filaments at the end of the month as well.

Fenner Drives Inc., a division of Fenner PLC, entered the FFF/FDM 3D printer filament market with NinjaFlex, their highly elastic, flexible filament. The company, well known for the production of power transmission components like drives, belts, and bushings, also boasts a history of materials development experience, and their NinjaFlex is a patent-pending thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with rubber-like properties similar to compounds commonly used for seals and molded flexible parts. While neither NinjaFlex nor SemiFlex contains BPA or other toxins, the company says they’re not recommended for food contact applications.

NinjaFlex and SemiFlex are available on the Fenner Drives web site, priced at $51.99 per 1.75mm 0.5kg spool and $64.99 per 3mm 0.75kg spool.

Have you used NinjaFlex filament from Fenner Drives in any of your 3D printing projects? If so, let us know about your experience with the flexible 3D printing filament in the SemiFlex Filament forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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