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NatureWorks Unveils PLA with ABS-rivaling Impact Strength for 3D Filament

Published on 2017-03-24. Author : SpecialChem

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- NatureWorks has recently introduced Ingeo™ 3D870, a new cost-effective PLA grade for 3D filament manufacturers looking for innovative means of expanding sales into the industrial prototyping and additive manufacturing market.

Cost-effective PLA Grade


Feedback from filament manufacturers who have trialed the product commend the ease of processing Ingeo 3D870 and printer manufacturers praise its printability; both have uniformly said there are no materials available today that provide this combination of superior filament processing, printability, and printed part performance characteristics.

PLA 3D Grades Vs. ABS 3D Grades
PLA 3D Grades Vs. ABS 3D Grades

Ingeo 3D870 Meets Industry’s Growing Demand


With its 3D series of Ingeo grades, NatureWorks is one of the leading suppliers of PLA to the 3D filament manufacturing industry. Every filament carrying NatureWorks’ Ingeo brand name has passed a defined set of tests to assure the quality of the product. Quality filament ensures reliable printing and predictable performance.
  • NatureWorks developed Ingeo 3D870 to meet the growing demand by industrial companies for a material that combines the properties of ABS and the printability of Ingeo PLA.

Ingeo 3D870 complies with chemical inventory listings in key markets in North America, Asia and Europe, which expands sales opportunities for filament manufacturers. Parts produced with the formulation exceed ABS 3D parts in impact strength and, with post-print annealing, rivals ABS heat resistance.

Grades Specifically Designed for 3D Printing


  • Ingeo General Purpose PLA is good for many applications including 3D printing, but 3D850 and 3D870 have been designed specifically for 3D printing. 
  • Building on reliable, easy printability, these two grades offer good UV color lightfastness, low yellow index, and can be crystallized to realize additional heat and impact properties. 
  • 3D870 specifically was designed for impact strength that’s required in industrial applications.

About NatureWorks LLC


NatureWorks LLC is a company dedicated to meeting the world’s needs today without compromising the earth’s ability to meet the needs of tomorrow. Today, NatureWorks is among the world’s leading biopolymers suppliers and innovators with its Ingeo portfolio of naturally advanced materials made from renewable, abundant feedstocks with performance and economics that compete with oil-based intermediates, plastics, and fibers, and provide brand owners new cradle-to-cradle options after the use of their products.

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Source: NatureWorks LLC
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