The leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker had initiated a global material alliance that resulted in fully optimised industrial material profiles for professional FFF 3D printing. DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, together with Owens Corning, global developer and producer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites, introduce their optimised materials for the Ultimaker S5.
Moreover, Ultimakes also introduces a new print core CC Red 0.6 at the TCT Show in Birmingham that allows reliable 3D printing on the Ultimaker S5 with composite materials.
DSM Novamid® ID1030 CF10, a new carbon fiber filled grade PA6/66 filament, brings the properties of 3D printed parts close to what is usually achievable only by injection molding. With 10% carbon fiber reinforcement, it produces stronger, tougher, and stiffer 3D printed parts for functional prototyping and end-use applications, at the same speeds as unreinforced plastics.
Meanwhile, Owens Corning has created its own high-end 3D printing material XSTRAND™. This specific material is designed for functional prototyping and industrial applications, and has strong mechanical and thermal properties enabled by glass-fiber reinforcement. The material is very durable, with stiff mechanical properties, a very low thermal expansion coefficient, and a high working temperature.
“I am extremely proud to see that our global material alliance with leading material companies such as DSM and Owens Corning so quickly open up the possibility to use very sophisticated engineering plastics on the Ultimaker S5. We were recently listed as an IDC Innovator for creating important breakthroughs that address and solve some of the challenges that end users in a number of industries have identified with. This alliance will continue to give more professionals access to high-end materials for all kinds of use cases and industries, and will give each Ultimaker S5 in the field an extra upgrade,” commented Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker.
The new print core CC Red 0.6 will be available in November 2018. Industrial material profiles will become available in Ultimaker Cura in November 2018.