Nylon 12 debuted for 3D printers
By Michael Lauzon
3D printer supplier Statasys Ltd. is now offering nylon 12 for its Fortus systems.
The firm, jointly based in Minneapolis and Rehovot, Israel, says the new material creates tougher, more flexible unfilled nylon parts than other additive technologies. FDM nylon 12 features five times greater breakage resistance and better impact strength than other strong FDM materials, according to Stratasys. Elongation at break can be up to 100 percent higher.
Stratasys envisions applications in aerospace, automotive, home appliance and consumer electronics for the nylon 12, a semicrystalline polymer. Repetitive snap fits, fatigue endurance, chemical resistance and impact strength are benefits of the material.
“Nylon is one of the most widely used materials in today’s plastic products, and among FDM users it has been one of the top requested materials,” states the company’s materials product director Fred Fischer.
Tel. 877-489-9449 for U.S. contacts, 972-74-745-4000 in Israel.
2.Natureworks LLC 研发3D打印PLA长丝
Companies team up on PLA fiber for 3D printers
提示：Natureworks LLC 是国际的PLA巨头，在生物降解行业人人皆知，PLA目前最热门的就是3D打印了
By Michael Lauzon
Published: December 18, 2013 9:32 am ET
Natureworks LLC is teaming up with an Irish start-up firm to offer bioplastic fibers for fiber-extrusion 3D printing machines.
Natureworks contributes its Ingeo polylactic acid experience while 3Dom Filament Ltd. brings high-technology filament manufacturing to the table. 3Dom of County Donegal, Ireland, is an independent company formed to supply Ingeo filament to the additive-manufacturing market.
The collaboration is the first time Natureworks is licensing the Ingeo name and logo to the 3D printing industry.
“With Ingeo, 3Dom Filament Ltd. will help to ensure the availability of a PLA monofilament that meets quality standards and reduces filament related printing problems,” notes Dan Sawyer, Natureworks global leader for new business. “Natureworks is collaborating with custom compounders and additive suppliers, and we intend to develop further strategic relationships around the world to support the growing global 3D printing market.”
The higher the quality of the printer monofilament in terms of roundness, diameter and consistency, the better the results one gets from 3D printing, Natureworks explains. 3Dom uses continuous online laser scanning in its quality control system. The filament will be available in January.