ELIX Polymers is developing additional specialty grades of ABS optimized for 3D printing, in the wake of high interest shown in its initial offering at K 2016 in Düsseldorf last October.
ELIX will offer 3D printing grades that have been optimized after detailed analysis of specific customer needs. Some new grades have already been validated at filament producers, 3D printer makers and final part manufacturers who use Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), more commonly known as FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling).
So far, ELIX has optimized five ABS grades for 3D printing, each of them fulfilling different customer requirements. The portfolio includes a general purpose grade (ELIX ABS-3D GP), a grade that fulfill food contact materials regulation no. 10/2011 and 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), and an ABS reinforced with natural fibers that produces a wood-like appearance when used on special 3D printers (ELIX ABS-3D NF).
ELIX is offering technical support, including recommendations on correct processing set-ups: extruder screw design, drive system and spool system. 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.