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Braskem Expands AM Portfolio with Polyethylene and Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Filament

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Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Filament
Above: Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene 3D Printing Filament/Image Source: Braskem

Braskem, the Americas’ largest polyolefins producer and a market leader and pioneer of industrial-scale biopolymers, announced the addition of polyethylene (PE) and glass fiber reinforced polypropylene filament to its 3D printing product portfolio. PE and glass fiber reinforced PP filaments from Braskem are easier to print, have less warpage, shrinkage, and interlayer adhesion than similar products on the market.

According to Jason Vagnozzi, Braskem Commercial Director of Additive Manufacturing, “Braskem continues to evolve its product portfolio for the rapidly growing 3D printing market. Braskem’s polypropylene and polyethylene products have superior printing capabilities with minimum warpage and are the ideal solution for 3D printing. Unlike other materials on the market, Braskem’s PE is perfect for packaging and consumer applications and can be used anywhere HDPE would normally be used, while our new glass fiber reinforced polypropylene has added strength and durability which makes it a great solution for automotive, aerospace, medical, robotic, and industrial applications. At Braskem, our team strives every day to innovate and expand our portfolio of additive manufacturing products to facilitate the growth of our clients.”

Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Filament 

Braskem polypropylene filament
Above: Braskem polypropylene filament/Image Source: Braskem

A specially formulated co-polymer for additive manufacturing, FL500PP-GF glass fiber reinforced polypropylene filaments contains glass fibre for added strength and durability. This formulation aims to improve printability, dimensional stability, and surface finish while reducing warpage and bed adhesion issues.

Applications

  • Applications in automotive, aerospace, medical, robotics, and industry.
  • Rapid prototyping and mass customization are both possible.
  • Parts are designed to be light and rigid.
  • Compatible with Ultimaker, Creality, and other machines of a similar nature.

Features

  • High stiffness and strength.
  • Lightweight and low density.
  • Surface finish is excellent.
  • High dimensional stability and low warpage.
  • Black is the only colour option.
  • 2.85mm and 1.75mm diameters are available.

Benefits

  • No drying required.
  • Chemical resistance is high.
  • It is not necessary to use a heated chamber.
  • Excellent adhesion to the bed.
  • Ultimaker Cura Marketplace has print profiles available.

Glass fiber reinforced polypropylene filament has a lower density than other plastics, making them up to 30% lighter and three times stiffer than traditional PLA filaments. In addition, unlike other materials such as nylon, polypropylene filaments do not require any drying prior to printing, making it more efficient to work with. These characteristics, combined with polypropylene’s recyclability, make it an appealing material for a variety of 3D printing and additive manufacturing applications. Braskem filaments are made with the end user in mind, making them ideal for applications such as automotive, aerospace, medical, packaging, and other consumer goods.

Polyethylene 3D Printing Filament

FL300PE is a 100% polyethylene filament that is easy to print, lightweight, and chemical and moisture resistant. Packaging, prototyping, and industrial and consumer goods applications are all possible with this filament. Wherever traditional HDPE resins are typically required, FL300PE is an excellent solution.

Applications

  • Packaging, consumer, and industrial uses are all possible.
  • Rapid prototyping and mass customization are both possible.
  • Compatible with Ultimaker, Creality, and other machines of a similar nature.

Features

  • Lightweight and low density.
  • Surface finish is excellent.
  • High dimensional stability and low warpage.
  • White is the only colour option.
  • Available diameters: 2.85mm, 1.75 mm

Benefits

  • No drying required.
  • Chemical resistance is high.
  • It is not necessary to use a heated chamber.
  • Excellent adhesion to the bed.
  • Ultimaker Cura Marketplace has print profiles available.

Polyethylene filaments have a bad reputation for being difficult to print and susceptible to warpage and shrinkage. Braskem has given polyethylene a new lease on life by developing a 100% HDPE filament designed specifically for 3D printing. PE filaments from Braskem are designed to be simple to print, lightweight, recyclable, and chemically and moisture resistant. Packaging, rapid prototyping, and industrial and consumer goods applications are all possible with this filament.


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