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May 31, 2017

Innofil3D’s new polypropylene filament for 3D-printing

written by Hendrie Feringa

Innofil3D has released a new material called Polypropylene (PP) for 3D-printing. As of now this engineering material, which is widely used for industrial applications, is available at Innofil3D’s partners.

Innofil3D’s new polypropylene filament for 3D-printing

Innofil3D has released a new material called Polypropylene (PP) for 3D-printing. As of now this engineering material, which is widely used for industrial applications, is available at Innofil3D’s partners.  With this new material the company believes it can offer solutions for specific industrial 3D-printing applications.

Properties

Polypropylene or PP is widely known as a solution for automotive applications, (household) appliances and liquid containers.  The main features of this material are:

  • Low density
  • Resistance to fatigue
  • Chemical to resistance
  • Elasticity and toughness
  • Insulation properties

 

Data

The proof of the pudding is in the eating and Innofil3d has collected and translated data of the mechanical properties of 3d-printed specimens. This has been done according to the ISO standards 178, 179 and 527.

Jeroen Wiggers, co-founder and CEO of Innofil3D:

The main reason for us to undertake this exercise is because we know that this is the way professionals evaluate materials. It is not about fancy pictures or flyers stating that a material has the desired properties. We have to prove that we are able to meet certain requirements. We are working on creating a portfolio with engineering filaments from which a professional can select a material based on his requirements. That’s why we communicate the data of printed specimens and not the data of the raw material. The way a material is processed for 3D FDM printing has far too many implications on the performance to just copy the TDS of the raw material. The end-users must be able to rely on the data to make a correct judgement”.

Addition of further engineering filaments ASA and HIPS

To complete the engineering product portfolio,  Innofil3D has also released ASA and HIPS.

ASA is part of the ABS family and is ideal for outdoor usage due to its properties: resistance to UV and toughness.

HIPS is known as a support material for ABS in the 3D-printing community. It dissolves in D’limonene. Because it has the same operating temperature as ABS it is an ideal material to use as a support material. But what most 3D-printing users don’t know is that HIPS is known in the industry for its excellent post processing properties. It is easy to paint, glue or sand, which make it an ideal material for props or cosplay features.

Innofil3D Professional Series

Jeroen Wiggers: “PRO1, our Innofil3D Engineering PLA which combines easy and fast printing with strength, was the first material developed for the professional market. PP, ASA and HIPS are now added. New materials are lined up to be added to our Professional Series filaments. Our aim is to be a leading manufacturer in engineering filaments which fulfil the standards of professional end users. We have selected competent partners which are well known in the industry to speed-up developments and reduce time-to-market. We offer material solutions for 3D FDM printing applications. Easy printing, reliability and repeatability is key, without losing the properties of well-known materials like ABS or PC. This goes beyond selecting ready to use raw materials to make FDM filaments. This is real development. To understand the needs for a certain application, we sit at the table with the end user and discuss the necessary material properties. Soon we will announce further new materials which will be launched in the second half of this year.”

For more information about the mechanical properties of these new Professional Series filaments visit www.innofil3d.com/material-data/.

For more information about the availability visit www.innofil3d.com/resellers/

Overview Mechanical Properties of Printed Test Specimens Innofil3D

Material Data

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