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MakerBot adds Durable and Chemical-Resistant PETG as its First Specialty Material for METHOD 3D Printer

PETG Specialty Material
PETG Specialty Material
Above: PETG Specialty Material for MakerBot METHOD/Image Credit: Stratasys

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. and one of the leading manufacturer for FDM 3D printers, announced the addition of PETG as its first material in the Specialty Material line for its METHOD 3D Printer. It brings superior part durability and chemical resistance to engineers who demand higher performance.

PETG is an industrial-grade materials which has a high heat deflection temperature of up to 70°C. It also exhibits strong layer adhesion and reduced shrinkage and warping during printing. Moreover, PETG is resistant to moisture and many chemicals, including some alkali and acidic substances. It can be used with METHOD’s water-soluble PVA for complex parts and effortless support removal.

PETG has greater strength and flexibility qualities than other materials, such as PLA and ABS, and is odorless when printing. Further, the material prints with a glossy finish and has a good degree of ductility.

Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot while explaining the reason for developing the PETG material says, “PETG is the first in a new line of materials for METHOD. Our customers have been asking for different materials to use for a wide range of applications that require high strength and durability. PETG is one of the most widely used polymers today. Because of its advanced properties and versatility, we view PETG as an excellent material to be used on the manufacturing line and for short-run production runs.”

Engineers and designers use 3D printable parts made of PETG with speed and agility that can withstand industrial applications, including functional prototypes, jigs and fixtures, and end-use parts.

MakerBot METHOD’s Specialty Material Line is intended for users looking for such advanced materials. MakerBot also has a separate line of Precision Materials that are the primary materials developed for METHOD and cover the majority of use cases for prototyping, jigs and fixtures, and end-use parts. These materials have been extensively tested by MakerBot for the highest reliability and measurably accurate parts. These materials currently include MakerBot Tough, MakerBot PLA, and MakerBot PVA.

MakerBot showcased its PETG material at the recently concluded RAPID + TCT 2019 event in Detroit, Michigan.


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