Verbatim, which is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group, announces its latest 3D material – Polypropylene (PP) – offering high levels of chemical, heat and fatigue resistance and good hinge properties.
Manufactured in Japan, Verbatim’s new PP filament will give users opportunities to make 3D printed prototypes and products for the automotive, pharmaceutical and toy industries, and 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 and delivers a smooth surface finish.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer and is one of the most commonly used plastics in industry, with applications including food packaging, labelling, textiles, stationery, plastic parts, reusable containers of various types, laboratory 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 Dept, 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 is available in a shiny transparent colour at 1.75mm and 2.85mm thicknesses.
The new filament complements the company’s existing portfolio of top grade ABS, PLA, PET and ultra flexible PRIMALLOY™ (TPE) filaments which 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. A complete list is available on the company’s website: http://www.verbatim-europe.co.uk/en/3D/printer-compatibility/