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Perstorp AB creates 3D printer materials venture with 3D4Makers

Perstorp AB, a world leading specialty chemicals company, and 3D printing filament producer 3D4Makers have joined forces to create Netherlands based company ‘ElogioAM’ a new material production venture.

Combining the knowledge of chemicals and polymers, ElogioAM is introducing Facilan, a strong and compostable filament for FDM/FFF 3D printing. 

Stamping out common 3D printing issues

User reported issues detail problems with layer adhesion, warping, surface quality and misprints which limits printability of existing filaments. Perstorp AB and 3D4Makers designed Facilan fit-for-purpose filaments to remedy such issues through a wide range of medical and manufacturing products. The companies collaborated as a result of their shared ambition to create a new generation of materials for the 3D printing industry.

“It is all about chemistry and engineering at their best, and for satisfying today’s demand for more reliable FDM [Fused Deposition Modeling] 3D printing quality,” said David James, Vice President of Perstorp AB.

Comprised of three materials, the Facilan filaments are compostable bioplastic FDM grades that have a higher impact and tensile strength when compared to ABS filaments. Additionally, Facilan parts offer a smoother texture as opposed to PLA and ABS parts.

Fifth-generation 3D filaments from Facilan. Photo via Plastics Insight.

Expanding applications

ElogioAM aims to improve Additive Manufacturing capabilities through their products in various industries and consumer markets such as medical, fashion, orthotics, advanced prototyping, and modeling.

Jan-Peter Wille, Co-Founder of 3D4Makers states, “We’re very proud to be working together with Perstorp, their specialty chemicals, additives and polymer knowledge has really made materials in 3D printing possible that we could only dream of.”

3D4Makers previously developed a stronger filament without the use of water that is now less prone to break or crack.

Facilan C8 filament. Photo via 3D4Makers.Facilan C8 filament. Photo via 3D4Makers.

“Better tolerance materials and higher performance parts is what really will put 3D printing on the factory floor and in most cutting-edge applications. Perstorp is quick, flexible and innovative; giving us a partner cable of innovating continuously in the dynamic 3D printing market. ElogioAm is a very exciting development for us and we would like to thank our partners for their trust, ” Wille adds.

Researchers are currently developing a pure polycaprolactone filament, Facilan PCL 100, to be used in artificial muscles, drug-loaded implants, scaffolds and smart materials.

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Featured image shows fifth-generation 3D filaments from Facilan. Photo via 3D4Makers.

Pokemon Go: Ilfracombe man creates real-life pokemon for players to hunt

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AS thousands of people across North Devon join in the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokemon Go, one Ilfracombe man has been helping to reward some of it players.

Matthew Beaman has been hiding 3D-printed models of popular Pokemon at Pokestops across the town, with players being allowed to keep their discoveries.

After Pokemon Go became a phenomenon when it was releases in the UK earlier this week, Matthew said he was inspired to create the models by other members of the 3D printing community.

However, while most simply hid the models at Pokestops, Matthew decided to take the idea a step further by sending players on a treasure hunt using Facebook group Gossip Around Ilfracombe.

He said: “I thought rather than leaving it just to chance I should let people have some fun with it.

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“I did one last night a posted a picture of it just to see whether people would respond, and they did, so I though I would do a few more today while I have the time.”

He added: “I know quite a few people who are going out and looking for them. I’ve had people shouting thank you at me in the street.”

While Matthew said he probably won’t be able to continue to do the hunts in the long-term due to working commitments, he said he was pleased to see so many people playing the game.

“Everybody seems to be playing its, and it’s getting people out of the house and enjoying the weather,” he said.

So far four of the Pokemon figures have been released into the wild, with one last model set to be hidden later today.

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New 3D printing technology creates stronger ceramics

Researchers at HRL Laboratories have developed a 3D printing technology designed to overcome the limitations of working with traditional ceramic processing. The process includes a resin formulation that once printed can be fired and converted into a ceramic that is harder, stronger and more compatible with ultra-high temperatures.

Traditional ceramics are more difficult to work with than polymers or metals because they cannot be cast or machined as easily. They tend to be more porous which also limits the kinds of shapes you can make and the strength of the finished parts.

The process developed by the HRL team can create a ceramic material that is said to be ten times stronger than similar materials and can withstand temperatures in excess of 1700°C. The 3D printed ceramics are expected to also be more resistant to abrasion and corrosion.

Potential applications could include large components in jet engines to intricate parts in micro-electromechanical systems and electronic device packaging.

The following video explains the process in more detail.

Source: HRL Laboratories

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New 3D Printing Method Creates Ceramic Strcutures That Withstand 2500°F

New 3D Printing Method Creates Ceramic Structures That Withstand 2,500°F

Ceramics are amazing materials—strong, light and with amazing thermal properties. Now, researchers have developed a new way to 3D print the materials more effectively than in the past, and the results can withstand temperatures of 2,500°F.

Most ceramic 3D printing uses complex techniques to deposit layers of the material on top of each other, and as a result have to use materials with relatively low melting points. The techniques can also only be used to create fairly simple shapes.

But a team from HRL Laboratories in Malibu, California, has developed what they call a pre-ceramic resin, which they can 3D print much like regular polymers into complex shapes. The process, known as stereolithography, fuses a powder of silicon carbide ceramics using UV light. Once the basic shape is printed, it can be heat-treated at 1,800°F to turn the pre-ceramic resin into a regular ceramic object. In fact, this is the first time silicon carbide ceramics have ever been 3D printed.


With fewer limitations on the kinds of materials that can be used, the resulting objects have superior qualities to normal 3D-printed ceramics. With fewer flaws than their counterparts, they resists cracking for much longer, and they can also withstand far higher temperatures, shrugging off 2,500⁰F with relative ease (see the clip above). Many metals will melt before that. The research is published in Science.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the folks at HRL Laboratories reckon that the technique could be used to quickly build new parts that need to resist heating and high temperatures—such as the components used to build hypersonic vehicles and jet engines.