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First Sustainable 3D-Printing Filaments from Braskem

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Three new options for additive printing are bio-based EVA and a recycled PE/PP blend with or without carbon fiber made from recycled bottle caps.

The largest polyolefins producer in the Americas, Braskem is also known as a pioneering producer of biopolymers on an industrial scale. May 9 it unveiled three new sustainable 3D printing filament product offerings for the additive manufacturing market. The first-of-their-kind products marks the company’s entry into the 3D-printing market.

The products comprise bio-based ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) filament derived from raw sugarcane and recycled polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) blended filaments with or without carbon fiber. 

Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem global commercial director of additive manufacturing, says "Braskem has a longstanding history of innovating and producing more sustainable bio-based polymers, and today's launch announcement regarding green EVA and recycled polymer 3D printing filaments reaffirms our commitment to a more circular, carbon neutral future.”

The company’s sustainable filament lineup includes:

Bio-based EVA Filament – FL600EVA-BIO

FL600EVA-BIO is derived from raw sugar care, providing a more sustainable alternative to traditional flexible materials available on the market. This low carbon footprint formulation delivers a unique combination of sustainability, flexibility, ductility, light-weighting, and moisture resistance for direct drive printing 3D printing systems. FL600EVA-BIO expands the availability of sustainable materials for use in 3D printing applications such as consumer, packaging, and industrial markets.

Markets: packaging, shoes, fashion, consumer, and industrial applications.

Recycled Polyolefin Filament – FL600R

Braskem FL600R is a recycled filament designed for use in material extrusion-based Additive Manufacturing while maximizing sustainably sourced content. Primarily sourced from recycled bottle caps, FL600R is a recycled PE/PP blend containing more than 90% sustainably sourced material, providing a more sustainable solution without sacrificing printability. This environmentally friendly filament provides the same low density as well as water, chemical, and impact resistance inherent to virgin polyethylene and polypropylene-based materials.

Markets: automotive, packaging, consumer, and industrial applications.

Recycled Polyolefin Filament with Carbon Fiber – FL605R-CF

Braskem FL605R-CF is an engineering-grade polymer for additive manufacturing, containing 90% recycled content. Primarily sourced from recycled bottle caps, FL605R-CF is a recycled PE/PP blend that incorporates the use of recycled carbon fiber for added strength and durability, providing a more sustainable solution without sacrificing printability and mechanical properties. This environmentally friendly filament provides the same low density as well as water, chemical, and impact resistance inherent to virgin polyethylene and polypropylene-based materials.

Markets: automotive, aerospace, packaging, consumer, and industrial applications

More product details can be found here at the Braskem website.

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