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03 Jun NatureWorks boosts additive manufacturing industry
NatureWorks boosts additive manufacturing industry by introducing their new Ingeo3D850 PLA. This new compound has been developed especially for the producing of 3D printing filaments.
NatureWorks sold half a million tonnes of PLA last year, thus creating a growing interest in sustainable plastics. It is, to date, the largest producer of PLA in the world. Their particular focus on quality has meant NatureWorks only supply a handful of filament producers. Polymaker are proud to be one of these as listed in their preferred supplier guide.
“Many new suppliers are entering the PLA filament market, while a breadth of experienced suppliers large and small are formulating and compounding to provide additional filament properties and options. That’s the sort of innovation that NatureWorks is aggressively moving to support and amplify with our new broad-based initiative.”
Dan Sawyer, Global Leader, New Business Segment, NatureWorks.
In the ten years PLA has been available on the market, last years sales have shown a promising future for this bio degradable plastic. Made from natural elements such as corn, starch and sugar cane, Ingeo PLA has a significantly lower carbon footprint than the petroleum based styrene products such as ABS. In the coming years NatureWorks expects to double their annual sales of PLA, in particular selling to the rapidly expanding 3D printing industry. This is why NatureWorks have dedicated a new department to developing PLA for 3D printing. It’s here where Ingeo3D850 was born, developing a PLA optimised for filament production, consistency and print quality.
“While most PLA demand is not related to 3D printing (the material is used for recyclable plastic bags and a wide selection of other products), there is little doubt that its versatility and ease of use as a 3D printing filament material makes this area strategic for the company.”As desktop printing is becoming more widespread the dangers of harmful gases and particles linked to ABS is shifting the market to PLA. When taken into account PolyMax’s increased material mechanical strength, especially in both tensile strength and impact resistance, there really is no advantage to print in ABS. Furthermore Polymaker introduce their patented Jam Free technology to create a market leading filament. Safe, clean and biodegradable the future of naturally produced PLA is encouraging in a industry bogged down with connotations of oil and greenhouse gasses.
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