For those who prefer ABS materials
ELIX Polymers, a specialist in high-performance ABS materials, added two new grades to the Ultimaker 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.
The second grade, ELIX 3D-HI, is a high-impact ABS grade with lower density than other ABS grades. Its impact resistance is available even at very low temperatures. Impact performance is comparable with ABS/PC, which has a higher density, making the new grade suitable for automotive applications where weight-saving is an issue.
Both ELIX grades offer layer adhesion. 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.