ELIX Polymers, a specialist in high-performance ABS materials, added two new grades to the Ultimaker Marketplace for 3D printing FDM applications. The move was made together with three partner companies producing filament from ELIX ABS: 3R3D, based in Spain; Filoalfa brand owner Ciceri de Mondel (Italy); and Print-me (Poland). The companies in the partnership cooperated within the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program.
The two new ABS grades are ELIX 3D-FC and ELIX ABS 3D-HI.
ELIX 3D-FC is certified for medical and food contact applications, complying with the ISO 10993-1 and USP Class VI standards determining biocompatibility. Certification covers the whole material recipe, including color pigments (the material is available in different colors).
The second grade, ELIX 3D-HI, is a high-impact ABS grade with lower density than other ABS grades and offering very high impact resistance, even at very low temperatures. Impact performance is comparable with ABS/PC, which has a higher density, making the new grade particularly suitable for automotive applications where weight-saving is an issue.
Both new ELIX grades offer superior layer adhesion and 3D printing results. Possible applications include functional prints of prototype parts (assembly tests in automotive, for example), industrial/medical tooling (jigs and fixtures), and short series of personalized parts.
“We are very excited to make these new ABS materials available via the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program,” said Luca Chiochia, ELIX Business development Manager, “particularly as some of our traditional injection moulding customers are now starting to adopt Ultimaker 3D printers.”
Today, many leading material manufacturers and filament producers use Ultimaker’s Print Profile Assistant to rapidly bring a variety of high-performance FFF 3D printing materials to the professional market. These material print profiles become available for download in the Marketplace in Ultimaker Cloud.