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12th May 2017, Pittsburgh, PA

SABIC debuts new high-performance filaments at RAPID + TCT

SABIC, a leader in thermoplastic technology, has unveiled a new portfolio of high-performance filament grades for fused deposition modelling at RAPID + TCT 2017 this week.

According to the manufacturer, the new products have been developed to address growing global demand for greater material choices in the industrial filament market and lay the groundwork for SABIC’s strategy to help drive the growth of additive manufacturing from a prototyping technology to full-scale production.

SABIC new filaments offering addresses the need for greater options in the industrial filament market and targets a broad range of customer requirements. © SABIC

In addition to a long history of materials innovation, SABIC offers the expertise and resources to support testing, design and development of new additive manufacturing technologies.

Higher performance

“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, SABIC.

“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 plastics 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.”

New material solutions

SABIC’s new filaments, designed for use with Stratasys Fortus printers, are based on the company’s Ultem polyetherimide (PEI) resin, Cycolac acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) resin and Lexan polycarbonate (PC) resin, and offer the same composition as the company’s injection moulding grades. Manufacturers can use the filaments to produce a range of high-performance, durable end-use parts, the company reports.

The new material solutions aim to 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 SABIC’s Ultem (PEI) filament is desirable for demanding applications that require high heat resistance, high strength, and low flame, smoke and toxicity (FST),” the manufacturer explains.

More specifically, these products include:

  • Ultem AM9085F filament is a high-performance PEI product manufactured from Ultem 9085 resin, which is said to provide high heat resistance and mechanical strength, is UL94 V-0 compliant at 1.5 and 3.0 mm, and meets FAR 25.853 and OSU 65/65 requirements with low FST evolution. It is available in black and natural colours.
  • Cycolac AMMG94F filament is a general-purpose ABS product manufactured from Cycolac MG94 resin. It provides a balance of properties suitable for a wide variety of applications, and is UL94 HB compliant at 3.0 mm. It is available in black, white and natural colours.
  • Lexan AM1110F filament is a general-purpose PC product, manufactured from Lexan HF1110 resin. It provides thermal properties higher than those of general-purpose ABS filaments, is UL94 V-2 compliant at 3.0 mm and is available in white.

The nominal diameter of all SABIC’s filament products is 1.79 mm ± 0.05 mm and they are available in a 1510cc spool size.

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