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Bringing Ingeo PLA filament to the 3D printing market

Global bioplastics leader NatureWorks and 3Dom Filament, a new technology startup with extensive Ingeo PLA technical experience, are supporting the rapidly growing 3D printing industry by combining the latest NatureWorks’ Ingeo PLA resins with 3Dom’s state-of-the-art filament manufacturing processes. Ireland based 3DOM Filament is an independent company newly formed to supply Ingeo filament to the additive manufacturing market.

11th December 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Minnetonka, MN/ County Donegal

Clothing/​Footwear, Industrial

Global bioplastics leader NatureWorks and 3Dom Filament, a new technology startup with extensive Ingeo PLA technical experience, are supporting the rapidly growing 3D printing industry by combining the latest NatureWorks’ Ingeo PLA resins with 3Dom’s state-of-the-art filament manufacturing processes.

Ireland based 3DOM Filament is an independent company newly formed to supply Ingeo filament to the additive manufacturing market.

Ingeo PLA 3D printing filament

The 3DOM monofilament family will carry the Ingeo logo, which is the first time NatureWorks has licensed the use of the Ingeo brand name and logo in the 3D printing industry. NatureWorks was the first company to develop a commercial manufacturing process for PLA bioplastic, which it markets under the Ingeo brand name and sells globally.

“With Ingeo, 3DOM Filament Limited will help to ensure the availability of a PLA monofilament that meets quality standards and reduces filament related printing problems. While the 3Dom company is new, the team there has more than a decade of experience with Ingeo PLA. 3Dom is also actively involved in research and development of Ingeo blends and additives, bringing new performance enhancements to the 3D printing community,” said Dan Sawyer, Global Leader, NatureWorks New Business segment.

Technical knowledge

The higher the quality of the printer monofilament in terms of roundness, diameter, and consistency, the better the results of the 3D printing experience, the company reports.

While the rush to satisfy the emerging 3D market demand for a performance alternative to ABS substrates has spawned numerous products and suppliers, NatureWorks is concerned that some companies may not have the Ingeo materials and processing expertise of 3DOM Filament or that company’s quality control equipment such as continuous online laser scanning.

Without the deep technical knowledge specific to this polymer substrate, new grades of filament that could advance the industry may never reach manufacturers or end users.

Freedom to create

“With Ingeo, 3DOM gives people the freedom to create without the hurdles and frustrations of markedly inferior monofilaments,” said Ciaran McMenamin, Director, 3DOM Filament Limited. “We’ve spent a year developing a process for converting Ingeo into a consistently high quality filament portfolio. We have all the primary colours and will be working on others.”

McMenamin explained that because 3DOM is intimately familiar with the entire portfolio of available Ingeo grades, the company can tailor Ingeo monofilament properties such as filament stiffness or finished part impact resistance and dimensional stability to best suit the end product requirements.

A sampling of current Ingeo products manufactured through traditional means can be found online in NatureWorks’ Ingeo LookBook. The international Ingeo users’ forum Innovation Takes Root will also be held from 17-19 February in Orlando, FA.

www.natureworksllc.com

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