The global material alliance, initiated by the leading 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker, results in fully optimized industrial material profiles for professional FFF 3D printing. Both DSM, a global science-based company in Nutrition, Health and Sustainable Living, and Owens Corning, global developer and producer of insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites, introduce their optimized materials for the Ultimaker S5. Ultimaker also introduced a new print core CC Red 0.6 at the TCT Show in Birmingham that allows reliable 3D printing on the Ultimaker S5 with composite materials.
In response to customer demand, leading material manufacturers have joined Ultimaker’s material alliance program to bring a wider variety of FFF 3D printing materials to the market for professionals, more rapidly.
DSM: Novamid ® ID1030 CF10: similar properties as injection molding
® ID1030 CF10, a new carbon fiber filled grade PA6/66 filament, brings the properties of 3D printed parts close to what is usually achievable only by injection molding. With 10% carbon fiber reinforcement, it produces stronger, tougher, and stiffer 3D printed parts for functional prototyping and end-use applications, at the same speeds as unreinforced plastics. Hugo da Silva, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at DSM: “Together with Ultimaker we can contribute to offer a simple hassle-free solution, as their software and the Ultimaker S5 are fully aligned with our materials to create unlimited high-demanding parts.”
Owens Corning XSTRAND™ filament: strong mechanical and thermal properties
Owens Corning has created its own high-end 3D printing material XSTRAND™. This specific material is designed for functional prototyping and industrial applications and has strong mechanical and thermal properties enabled by glass-fiber reinforcement. The material is very durable, with stiff mechanical properties, a very low thermal expansion coefficient, and a high working temperature. “We decided to partner with Ultimaker due to the high performance and reliability of Ultimaker 3D printers,” said Dr. Chris Skinner, Vice-President, Composites Strategic Marketing at Owens Corning. “Teaming up with their material experts resulted in the perfect settings for our materials in Ultimaker Cura. Prototyping and the creation of production tools becomes much easier, more accurate, affordable and accessible at the same time.”
Jos Burger, CEO at Ultimaker: “I am extremely proud to see that our global material alliance with leading material companies such as DSM and Owens Corning so quickly open up the possibility to use very sophisticated engineering plastics on the Ultimaker S5. We were recently listed as an IDC Innovator for creating important breakthroughs that address and solve some of the challenges that end users in a number of industries have identified with. This alliance will continue to give more professionals access to high-end materials for all kinds of use cases and industries and will give each Ultimaker S5 in the field an extra upgrade.”
Ultimaker print core CC Red 0.6 and availability
To enable hassle-free printing of composite materials, Ultimaker also introduce the new print core CC Red 0.6. The print core features a 0.6 mm diameter nozzle with a specially customized geometry and a wear-resistant ruby cone to ensure reliable 3D printing with composite materials.
The new print core CC Red 0.6 will be available in November 2018. Industrial material profiles will become available in Ultimaker Cura in November 2018.