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NatureWorks Showcased PLA for 3D Printing Applications at RAPID + TCT 2019

Published on 2019-05-23. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  3D Printing     Green and Bioplastics    

PLA-3Dprinting At RAPID + TCT 2019, NatureWorks and partners showcased new, innovative Ingeo PLA biomaterials that demonstrate how Ingeo can be tailored to enhance performance attributes critical to the 3D market like heat and impact resistance or clean incineration for foundry applications all while retaining the ease of use and printability expected from PLA-based materials.

Improving Quality and Productivity

NatureWorks recently released the new Ingeo 3D printing grade 3D450, a breakaway formulation for use in dual extrusion 3D printers, that is designed to work with the Ingeo 3D series grades 3D850 and 3D870, and developed for the professional printing market. Ingeo 3D450 prints and cools without warping even across large sections of support structures. The clean, fast mechanical break-away of Ingeo 3D450 support structures results in parts with high finish quality, reducing post-processing time and improving overall productivity.

Applications for Ingeo 3D450 support material include complex industrial parts such as:
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Patterns for investment metal casting
  • Architectural and retail models

Ingeo 3D series grades 3D850 and 3D870 take quality filament to a new, higher level of performance, increasing heat and impact resistance while extending into new industrial applications from foundry to medical device prototyping.

Partnerships for Developing Future Materials

Partnerships in this industry are important to NatureWorks for developing future materials innovation for this fast-growing market, and materials expertise is at the forefront of their partner collaborations. To name a few partners:

  • Adaptiiv Medical Technologies Inc. (Adaptiiv) offers an advanced 3D printing software solution for use in photon, electron, and surface brachytherapy radiation treatments. As the world's first FDA 510(k) cleared 3D printing software solution intended for use in radiation oncology, Adaptiiv has verified and validated Ingeo-based filament for use with its solution.

  • Titan Robotics, Ltd. (Booth# 527) is a leader in advanced, production ready AM machines and technology with expertise continually growing in both pellet extrusion 3D printing and high flow filament extrusion 3D printing. As a solution provider to industrial customers, Titan continues to partner with global materials companies like NatureWorks to offer high performance materials to make functional parts. The NatureWorks booth featured investment casting parts printed by Titan that use both Ingeo 3D450 and new proof-of-concept recycled Ingeo PLA.

  • MatterHackers (Booth# 2156) is one of the largest 3D printing retailers in the world with mission is to make 3D printing easier and more accessible for everyone by providing unbiased guidance and recommendations to help schools, businesses, and individuals get started (or stay current) with 3D printing.

Source: NatureWorks
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