To meet increasing demand in the additive manufacturing (AM) market for printable polypropylene (PP) material with chemical resistance and hydrophobic properties, M. Holland Co. has partnered with Braskem to exclusively distribute its new polypropylene filament for 3D-printing applications. The agreement will allow M. Holland to better support clients in creating prototypes and developing various other applications.
PP has not typically been used in the prototyping or production of 3D-printed parts due to high failure rates, said M. Holland in its announcement. Braskem’s unique PP formula is highly stable with low warpage, excellent bed adhesion, and consistent extrusion, which makes it ideal for prototyping, said the news release. Braskem’s suite of 3D-printing PP products, including FL100PP and FL105PP, offers a combination of stability, balance, and impact resistance.
“The 3D-printing market has seen increased adoption of additive manufacturing technologies and applications due to machinery commoditization and expanded material offerings,” said Haleyanne Freedman, Market Manager, 3D Printing, at M. Holland. “Our partnership to distribute Braskem’s 3D-printing polypropylene products will enable injection molders to finally use genuinely 3D printable and easy-to-use polypropylene, opening up a world of applications.”
After trial testing Braskem’s PP materials, additive manufacturing engineers at M. Holland demonstrated repeatable and dimensionally accurate outcomes. The PP generated clean surfaces and excellent layer adhesion, along with reduced stringing and improved surface performance in support material, explained M. Holland.
Jason Vagnozzi, Director of North America New Ventures and Digital for Braskem, said the company is proud to introduce its high-performing PP material to the 3D-printing market and explore developing opportunities in this space. “M. Holland’s technical knowledge and relationship within the 3D-printing industry will help us demonstrate the superior results of this material in a complex market space.”
This new partnership strengthens M. Holland’s offerings from existing 3D-printing supply partners, including BASF, Henkel, Owens Corning, and 3DXTech.
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