Expanding the range of materials for 3D-printing applications is key to the growth of the industry. Polymaker, a producer of high-quality materials for the 3D-printing industry, is diversifying its product line to provide industrial designers with versatile materials that will enable them to create more-complex 3D-printing projects, as well as streamline their overall manufacturing process.
The latest products to be introduced by the company are PolySupport, a material the company describes as a "groundbreaking support material," as well as an expanded color palette for the company's tough PolyMax PLA.
PolySupport is an entirely new material designed to solve what the company calls "one of the most daunting problems in desktop FDM/FFF 3D printing: Support for the model being printed."
Unlike existing support materials on the market today, PolySupport provides a support structure that can easily and cleanly be removed by hand or with simple tools, without damage to the finished model's surface. This is particularly important for projects with detailed finishes.
PolySupport works just like regular 3D-printing filament, printing reliably at 220° to 240°C with no heated build plate required. It can be used on both single- and dual-extrusion printers. It also has little to no sensitivity to moisture.
"Many designers who currently work in 3D go to great lengths to avoid using support in their projects, opting instead to create several less-complex pieces to be assembled later," said Xiaofan Luo, CEO of Polymaker. "PolySupport overcomes this problem and, in fact, is particularly good for parts with large overhangs. We believe that this material will appeal to industrial designers who want to unleash their creativity and follow their visions."
PolySupport joins Polymaker's growing family of 3D-filament products, which also include PolyMax PLA, PolyPlus, PolyFlex and PolyWood.
Polymaker also announced that it has expanded the color selection of its popular PolyMax PLA to six colors, adding red, yellow, orange and blue to the currently available black and white. "As most industrial designers can attest, regular PLA is a very brittle material, limiting its range of applications," said Polymaker. "This has led many designers to opt for ABS. But while inherently strong, ABS has serious consequences—namely, a harmful odor that creates a potential health risk."
Polymax PLA is up to nine times stronger than regular PLA and offers high print quality and stability, with no hazardous gas or part warping.