September 14, 2017 | From Tess
The Dutch company Innofil3D has launched a new ABS 3D printing filament in collaboration with Polyscope Polymers, a Netherlands-based supplier of styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) and various polymer materials. The new 3D printer filament with the name ABS Fusion + is characterized by its compatibility with water-soluble PVA carriers.
Any manufacturer who has worked with PVA soluble backings knows that they are much easier to use (and more effective) when working with PLA filament than ABS, which is generally considered to be a more durable, versatile, and tougher print material than PLA .
This is mainly due to the challenges ABS traditionally has with adhesion. If you’ve used tape or other construction board adhesives to properly glue your push pen, you will be very familiar with them.
As a possible solution to this ABS problem, Innofil3D and Polyscope Polymers have introduced ABS Fusion +, a new filament that has the quality and printability of ABS as well as good adhesive properties.
“ABS Fusion + is a real solution for users with demanding 3D printing applications, as it adheres to water-soluble substrates, building boards and minor warpage and prints technical and functional parts without any problems,” said a press release on the new product.
How did the two Dutch companies manage to integrate this useful adhesive property into a printable ABS filament? Simply add the Polyscope proprietary XILOY 3D material to the mix.
As Innofil3D explains, most of the ABS filaments currently on the market are made from ABS types for general injection molding. This means that while the filaments have good strength, they are not as optimized for 3D printing as they could be.
However, by integrating XILOY 3D into the filament, Innofil3D and Polyscope have created a technical filament that was actually developed and optimized for 3D printing.
“Our extensive knowledge of the properties and advantages of SMA has enabled us to develop an SMA / ABS-based compound for the technical FDM market – XILOY ™ 3D – that offers the same advantages as the adhesion to the glass bed and substrate”, said Paul van den Heuvel, Polyscope manager for market and application development.
The technical ABS filament will be officially presented at the upcoming TCT trade fair in Birmingham, Great Britain, from September 26th to 28th. Consumers can purchase the filament in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameter and choose from a limited range of colors (black, natural, and gray).
Roger Sijlbing, Sales Manager at Innofil3D, said about the new product: “With this initiative we want to show professional users that the ability to FDM of 3D printed end parts is close and that we can jointly use the full benefits of 3D printing for professional applications . Our strategy for optimizing technical filaments for 3D printing is becoming more and more a reality. “
Founded in 2014 as a branch of Applied Polymer Innovations, Innofil3D was recently acquired from the German chemical company BASF.
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