Sabic (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), a global thermoplastic materials technology company, unveiled its new portfolio of high-performance filament grades for fused deposition modeling (FDM) at RAPID + TCT 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. The new products address a growing global demand for greater material choices in the industrial filaments market and lay the groundwork for Sabic’s strategy to help drive the growth of additive manufacturing from prototyping to full-scale production.
“The launch of our first six new filaments, backed by Sabic’s world-class portfolio of high-performance engineering thermoplastics, will help us establish a pathway to introduce future breakthrough material solutions for additive manufacturing,” said Lori Louthan, Director, Mass Transportation. “We are applying our extensive materials and processing expertise to create new filaments with higher performance than current offerings with the goal of expanding their use into the development of production parts. Just as we’ve done for other plastic conversion processes in the past, Sabic aims to make an important contribution to the growth and success of our customers and the additive manufacturing industry through advanced materials and processes.”
The new filaments, designed for use with Stratasys Fortus printers, are based on the company’s industry-leading Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, Cycolac ABS resin and Lexan polycarbonate (PC ) resin, and offer the same composition as the company’s injection molding grades. Manufacturers can use the filaments to produce a range of high-performance, durable end-use parts.
These new material solutions directly address the need for greater options in the industrial filament market and target a broad range of customer requirements. Both ABS and PC are well-established materials for additive manufacturing of prototypes and end-use parts, while the Ultem filament is desirable for demanding applications that require high heat resistance, high strength, and low flame, smoke and toxicity, said Sabic.