Verbatim unveils new Polypropylene 3D printing material
Manufactured in Japan, PP offers high levels of chemical, heat and fatigue resistance, as well as good hinge properties.
Manufactured in Japan, PP offers high levels of chemical, heat and fatigue resistance, as well as good hinge properties. Verbatim believe its new filament will give users opportunities to make 3D printed prototypes and products for the automotive, pharmaceutical and toy industries, particularly where the objects are exposed to chemically affected environments. When extruded, the Verbatim PP material provides good mechanical properties of stiffness and tensile strength, while maintaining a smooth surface finish.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer and is one of the most commonly used plastics in industry. PP is applied to food packaging, labelling, textiles, stationery, plastic parts, reusable containers of various types, lab equipment, loudspeakers, automotive components, and polymer banknotes.
“Compared to other 3D filaments such as ABS and PLA, PP offers high levels of heat, chemical, and fatigue resistance, so we expect it to be very popular within the industrial design community,” said Shigeyuki Furomoto, 3D Printer Materials Business Department, Mitsubishi Chemical Media. “Due to its resistance to acids, alkalis and organic solvents, PP will open up new opportunities for 3D printed solutions that other materials have not been able to satisfy until now.”
Verbatim PP filament, now available in a shiny transparent colour at 1.75mm and 2.85mm thickness, complements the company’s portfolio of top grade ABS, PLA, PET and ultra flexible PRIMALLOY (TPE) filaments. These filaments are compatible with nearly all material extrusion (MA) 3D printers, including Ultimaker, Massportal, MakerBot, Leapfrog, RepRap derivatives and those from Aye Aye Labs, Builder, iMaker, PrintrBot, and many others.
Verbatim is a leading global company in data storage and LED lighting with a broad product portfolio spanning consumer and professional applications. The company has been shaping the development of data storage devices since 1969 and is a leading supplier of optical media on a global scale. Verbatim also markets flash memory, external hard drive storage solutions, a wide range of computer accessories, plastic filaments for the 3D printing industry and water fitters under the Cleansui brand name.