One of the most exciting aspects about being involved in 3D printing today is the wide range of new equipment and materials continually arriving on the market, most often created by companies comprised of talented and creative makers themselves. They know that the more tools you have in your workshop or just at the desktop–the better.
The technology of 3D printing itself never would have even been possible without trial and experimentation, and most often that’s the case with a new product and trying to figure out which material works best. Experimenting with different strengths and weights can make all the difference–and especially when you are under the gun, working from the professional level on a prototype or project with a deadline. Guaranteeing that their two new filaments will change your 3D printing experience, Sharebot is using their unique new product, Nylforce, to branch off with two different materials to meet a variety of product requirements.
Nylforce 550, available in 1.75 mm, is a material meant to be easy to work with while allowing for production of highly resistant but flexible objects. Available only in natural color, Nylforce 550 has a transparency “tending towards white.” The material is designed to offer durability in mechanical parts and is highly resistant to heat. Its characteristics allow for post-printing work as well. With each order of Nylforce 550, Sharebot includes a box of spray which must be used in adhering this specific material to your printing bed.
Nylon-Carbon, also available only in 1.75mm, is made of a combination of nylon and carbon, offering a lightweight but highly resistant material. The Sharebot team recommends it for PLA profiles, good for replacing ABS due to heat-resistant qualities, as well as resistance to breakage. Sharebot states that this material is meant to be used in production of functional objects.
It’s very easy to use, and you may get hooked on this new material, which prints in “opaque black color, slightly rough and with a light metallic look.”. Like the 550, it can also be further perfected after you are finished at the 3D printer. No special adhesives are necessary (in fact, the Sharebot team says hairspray works just fine), but you will need to use PLA profiles, and the extrusion temp should be set at 245°C while 3D printing.
With their R&D department always working the innovative angle to see what products they can come up with, Sharebot coordinates with an Italian chemical company to bring their materials to fruition. Producing resins as well as ABS and PLA, they are looking for quality, high performance, and affordability in making materials that are compatible with Sharebot 3D printers.
Sharebot, headquartered in Italy, is a company made up of individuals dedicated to seeing that everyone has access to 3D printing technology, producing 3D printers catering to both enthusiasts and professionals, a wide array of materials to go with them, and a selection of tutorials, workshops, and even education for students on the elementary and high school levels.
For a 0.5kg spool, Nylforce 500 retails at €40 and Nylon-Carbon at €60. Do you think these new 3D printing filaments would work for your 3D printing purposes? Let us know what you think in the Sharebot’s New 3D Printing Filaments forum over at 3DPB.com.