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ELIX Polymers at TCT Show 2017: To Showcase Optimized ABS Grades for 3D Printing

Published on 2017-08-08. Author : SpecialChem

The TCT Show 2017 is going to take place in Birmingham, England, from September 26 - 28. ELIX Polymers will be exhibiting its ABS polymers portfolio for the first time, with its own stand, F59.

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ABS Dedicated to 3D Printing

ELIX Polymers will be presenting its new 3D printing product portfolio. It has been developed over recent months after detailed analysis of specific market needs. New grades for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), more commonly known as FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling), have already been validated at:
  • Filament producers
  • 3D printer makers 
  • Final part manufacturers

Wide Scope of Applications

The ELIX Polymers grades have a broad scope of applications, in sectors such as:

Fabian Herter, Marketing Manager, said:
“ELIX is the right partner for companies involved in 3D printing. This is due to its flexibility in production and the huge bank of polymer knowledge it has acquired over the last 40 years.”

Optimized ABS Grades

So far, ELIX has optimized five ABS grades for 3D printing. Each grade fulfills different customer requirements. All exhibit improved:
  • Printing performance
  • Low warpage
  • Dimensional precision
  • High resolution

ELIX Polymers to Make its Debut at TCT Show 2017
The portfolio includes:
  • A general purpose grade (ELIX ABS-3D GP) 
  • A grade that fulfils EU regulation 10/2011 covering plastics intended for food contact, as well as biocompatibility standards ISO 10993-1 and USP class VI) for food contact and medical applications (ELIX ABS-3D FC) 
  • A high impact grade (ELIX ABS-3D HI)
  • A grade with improved interlayer adhesion for complex parts (ELIX ABS-3D LA)
  • An ABS reinforced with natural fibers that produces a wood-like appearance when used on special 3D printers (ELIX ABS-3D NF) 

All grades are available in natural or pre-colored in various shades. Further grades are under development.

The new 3D printing grades are backed up by technical support that includes recommendations on correct processing set-ups (extruder screw design, drive system and spool system).

Luca Chiochia, Business Development Manager, said:
“The objective is to obtain the filament with the best quality properties in typical thicknesses of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and validate the material to meet the requirements of the final application.”

ELIX has defined its own demanding material tests to evaluate the final filament quality.

Fabian Herter, Marketing Manager, said:
“ELIX Polymers views 3D printing as an important means of creating prototype and production parts in small and medium quantities in a fast and highly cost-effective way, with low scrap and without any need for cutting metal to make molds. The physical limits imposed by conventional manufacturing technologies are also a thing of the past. And 3D printing of parts and final assembly at the intended place of use will also place less importance on transport logistics, which is one of the main sources of pollution at this time.”

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Source: ELIX Polymers
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