Elix Polymers Extends Portfolio of ABS Grades for 3D Printing

The company is helping to build a database for validated 3D printing materials, in addition to optimizing its own.

Elix Polymers is developing additional specialty grades of ABS optimized for 3D printing. The company will offer 3D printing grades that have been optimized after detailed analysis of specific customer needs. Some new grades have already been validated at filament producers, 3D printer makers and final part manufacturers who use fused filament fabrication (FFF), in sectors such as automotive, healthcare, aerospace, E&E, consumer products and toys.

So far, Elix has optimized five ABS grades for 3D printing, each of them fulfilling different customer requirements. The are said are said to exhibit improved printing performance, low warpage, dimensional precision and high resolution, and all grades are available in natural or precolored in various shades.

The portfolio includes Elix ABS-3D GP, a general-purpose grade. Elix ABS-3D FC, a grade that fulfills food contact materials and biocompatibility standards for food and medical applications; Elix ABS-3D HI, a high-impact grade; Elix ABS-3D LA, a grade with improved interlayer adhesion for complex parts; and Elix ABS-3D NF, an ABS reinforced with natural fibers that produces a wood-like appearance.

The company intends to supervise the complete 3D printing value chain. To this end, it is cooperating with several printer producers and 3D software providers. “The scope is not only to develop new formulations, but also to identify the right partners and create a database with validated filament producers,” says Antonio Prunera, head of Quality Business Development. 

Elix is offering technical support, including recommendations on correct processing setups, extruder screw design, drive system and spool system. The objective is to obtain the filament with the best quality properties in typical thicknesses of 1.75 and 2.85 mm and validate the material to meet the requirements of the final application. The company has defined its own material tests to evaluate the final filament quality.