SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, announced three new filaments for fused deposition modeling: ULTEM AM1010F filament for general high-temperature applications, including tooling; and ULTEM AMHU1010F, and LEXAN AMHC620F filaments for healthcare applications. These new materials can be used for end-use parts as well as prototypes. The company is also applying its expertise in materials, processing and design optimization – as well as deep knowledge and experience in healthcare – to enhance additive manufacturing technologies.
Last year, SABIC introduced its first six new filaments for fused deposition modeling and eight high-performance THERMOCOMP AM compounds for large-format additive manufacturing. In late 2017, the company then announced a unique filament based on LEXAN EXL polycarbonate copolymer technology that is available only from SABIC.
ULTEM AM1010F provides high-heat resistance (a glass transition temperature of 217°C) and high mechanical strength. It can be used in applications such as short-cycle injection molding tools, carbon-fiber layup tools, and automotive components. The filament is UL94 V-0 compliant at 1.5 mm and 5 VA compliant at 3.0 mm.
ULTEM AMHU1010F and LEXAN AMHC620F filaments are made with SABIC healthcare-grade resins, which are included in the company’s Healthcare Product Policy and offer traceability. The policy provides pre-assessment of resin biocompatibility according to ISO 10993 or USP Class VI standards, and FDA Drug or Device Master File listings.
ULTEM AMHU1010F filament is a polyetherimide (PEI) product, manufactured from ULTEM HU1010 healthcare-grade resin that provides inherent high-heat resistance. The unpigmented filament is biocompatible (ISO 10993 or USP Class VI), and printed parts can be sterilized using gamma radiation, ethylene oxide (EtO) or steam autoclaving. It is UL94 V-0 compliant at 1.5 mm and 5 VA compliant at 3.0 mm. LEXAN AMHC620F polycarbonate (PC) filament, available in white, is also biocompatible and can be sterilized with gamma or EtO methods. This filament meets UL94 HB rating at 1.5 mm.
Both filaments deliver excellent mechanical performance. They are potentially suitable for a variety of medical devices, from conceptual modeling to functional prototyping and end-use parts. Possible customized or personalized applications include surgical instruments, single-use devices and casts/splints. Customers are advised to perform their own tests and analyses to determine the safety and suitability of such products for their intended purpose.