Surrey-based Verbatim has introduced two new filament materials, including a PET and high performance PLA, for use with fused fabrication filament printers.
Manufactured in Japan, the two materials will expand the company's range of 3D printing options available to product designers, design engineers and manufacturers. They complement the company's existing portfolio of top grade ABS, PLA and ultra flexible Primalloy thermoplastic elastomer filaments.
Verbtaim says PLA is a very popular choice in the 3D printing community, given its low toxicity and better eco-friendly credentials compared to petroleum-based plastics. Sometimes PLA has problems with warping and brittling, but its new high performance PLA material includes special additives from parent company Mitsubishi Chemicals which virtually eradicate these issues and offers longer life. In addition, the unique mix is soft enough to allow 3D printed objects made from Verbatim's high performance PLA to be sandpapered for a smooth finish, a key feature when producing 3D objects for display purposes.
The new Verbatim PET filament is a stable yet lightweight plastic already popularly used for packaging bottled drinks, for which demand is growing in the 3D printing industry because of its ease of use, sturdiness (with a tensile strength of 70Mpa) and high level of transparency. Users will find the printed objects will be relatively smooth, with a ribbon-like texture and an attractive transparent, sparkly appearance.
Rüdiger Theobald, marketing director for Verbatim Europe, Middle East and Africa, says: “Manufactured in Japan with high quality materials and tough industry standards, the new materials we have introduced use highly evolved and proprietary manufacturing processes to yield the best possible 3D printing results.
“Consistency is key and Verbatim's new 3D printing filaments offer consistent quality from spool to spool. The new products also benefit from better tolerances and will extrude effortlessly without risk of jamming or clogging in the printer.”
Verbatim's new filaments are compatible with nearly all 3D printers, including Ultimaker, Massportal, MakerBot, Leapfrog, RepRap derivatives and those from Aye Labs, Builder, iMaker and PrintrBot.
Verbatim has plans to launch another two new filaments: BVOH, a water-soluble support material, and polypropylene, a commonly-used tough and flexible plastic.