We recently reported that Verbatim is entering the 3D printer filament market offering ABS and PLA filaments. Now the news is that PRIMALLOY, a TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) filament, is being introduced to improve product malleability in 3D printing.
While product packaging may seem familiar on the surface, Verbatim has stepped into the newest sector of the replication industry, developing materials for replicating tangible products rather than just data or audio discs – via 3D printing. With 40 years of industry experience, Verbatim has already developed a growing family of innovative 3D printing filaments. PRIMALLOY is due to be launched in Europe in December.
However, PRIMALLOY will have companies in the market as there are already competitors in the TPE market with Filaflex and Ninjaflex, both of which are also available in 1.75 / 3mm sizes and a variety of colors. However, some issues have been reported, such as: B. that the filaments are too soft or temperature sensitive. With PRIMALLOY, a polyester-based thermoplastic elastomer, Verbatim is striving to solve some of these problems thanks to:
- Improved flexibility compared to other TPE products
- Excellent adhesion with hard plastics such as ABS, PC and PMMA
- Excellent heat and oil resistance
These filaments work well for 3D printing applications that include various goods such as pen handles and goggle seals, automotive components, lightweight electrical components, and modifiers.
With great excitement over the recent availability of Ninjaflex and Filaflex in the marketplace, Verbatim’s products must withstand the promised improvements with improved flexibility and resilience. The rubbery quality is the key element in these softer filaments as the whole idea is to be able to create elastic parts in the 3D printer. However, there are some problems associated with the softer substances.
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The test is to see if Verbatim’s products can resolve some of the TPE dilemmas that users have reported during testing, such as: B. Too soft, oozy, messy, and issues with the gluing and the printers themselves. Criticism of competing products has been that they don’t work well without spring loaded extruders and the soft material can also cause print jams, which can lead to potential mess.
ABS and PLA are still the filament standards right now because they are inexpensive and popular, but not as flexible and fragile and prone to temperature changes. Until the recent influx of TPEs entered desktop 3D printing, there was no other option.
Verbatim’s parent company, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, develops performance products and industrial materials. Their recent ventures in 3D printing materials directly reflect the company’s mission statement, which expresses their promise to continue advancing technology, constantly changing and innovating, and contributing to sustainable growth. Stepping onto the stage of making 3D printing materials definitely lives up to their promise.
Which filaments have you achieved good results with? What problems did you encounter? Discuss your thoughts with us on the Verbatim PRIMALLOY forum thread on 3DPB.com.