Environmentally friendly materials
BigRep introduced four new certified materials this year. These materials – PLX, PET-CF, PA6/66 and BVOH – are environmentally friendly engineering-grade materials for large-format additive manufacturing.
PLX is a general-use bio-performance filament derived from organic compounds suited for open-environment 3D printing. Best suited for design and functional prototyping, it can be deposited up to 80% faster than standard PLA with no modification to the 3D printer. It has a strength that surpasses the typical mechanical properties of ABS-printed parts.
PET-CF is a carbon fiber reinforced filament engineering-grade material for high-strength, large-format printing. It offers dimensional stability and low moisture absorption, and produces exceptionally strong, stiff parts with a fine surface finish. It is also heat resistance up to 100 °C. Designed for the BigRep STUDIO G2, the material is suitable for functional, performance applications.
PA6/66 is a durable, lightweight thermoplastic filament with high rigidity and resistance to heat and chemicals. Its compatibility with machining and its mechanical strength make it a candidate for applications such as tooling, patterns, molds and end-use parts. Functionally similar to Nylon PA6, a common material for injection molding, PA6/66 is suited for scalable batch productions, printing end-use parts or prototyping with nearly identical material properties to mass production parts.
The BVOH support material is a water-soluble filament that eliminates support removal post processing for complex 3D-printed parts. It supports heavy prints and is suited for printing complex, ready-to-use prototypes.