Zortrax, a Polish company providing comprehensive 3D printing solutions, announced the launch of its newest material, the Z-PEI 1010 engineering filament compatible with Zortrax Endureal industrial 3D printer. The Z-PEI 1010 is a blend of polyetherimide with very high heat deflection temperature, rigidity, mechanical strength, and broad chemical resistance.
Along with the new material, Zortrax also announced the launch of external PEI and ABS-based printing profiles for the Endureal 3D printer.
Z-PEI 1010 Engineering Filament
The Z-PEI 1010 engineering filament can work in temperatures exceeding 200° C and is resistant to multiple chemicals used in key branches of industry. Using the material with Zortrax Endureal 3D printer, it can be used in a variety of applications across different fields like automotive, large-scale manufacturing, or in chemical industry.
Zortrax Endureal is an industrial 3D printer designed for printing with high-performance polymers, materials with mechanical properties good enough to rival many metals, which at the same time can be printed in a cost-efficient LPD technology. Z-PEI 1010 is the next, after Z-PEI 9085, high-performance polymer available for Zortrax Endureal.
Notable Properties of Z-PEI 1010
Z-PEI 1010 engineering filament has significantly higher rigidity than Z-PEI 9085. It means that components 3D printed with Z-PEI 1010 tend to break rather than bend when they are exposed to critical stress levels.
High Heat Deflection Temperature
Z-PEI 1010 has one of the highest heat deflection temperatures among high performance polymers. While melt temperature is lower than the one exhibited in PEEK, for instance, the HDT (Heat Deflection Temperature) is slightly higher and stands at 208° C. This means that Z-PEI 1010 exhibits very high thermal stability and retains its shape when exposed to significant loads in high temperatures. Moreover, this material remains thermally stable in low temperatures as well. It does not contract significantly in cold conditions, and expands very little when heated.
Resistance to Chemicals
Broad chemical resistance is another notable property of Z-PEI 1010. The material does not react with most of automotive fluids, lubricants, nor halogenated hydrocarbons. It is therefore possible to use it in chemical industry for piping as the material does not contaminate products upon contact. Halogenated hydrocarbons, in turn, are commonly used in heating or cooling systems and in machinery designed for cleaning metals. So, Z-PEI 1010 can be used to print various devices designed for operating at factories in contact with multiple chemicals used in the production process.
Introducing the Z-PEI 1010 engineering filament is the next logical step in a wider process of pushing the Endureal’s capabilities even further in advanced 3D printing applications such as space, aviation, or heavy industry. But offering fine-tuned printing profiles for dedicated filaments is one thing, and leaving engineers and other professional users with freedom to choose the right materials for their specific applications is quite another. To achieve that, we are also opening the Endureal to external high-performance polymers based on most commonly used blends of PEI.
External Printing Profiles
External printing profiles are meant as a starting point for experienced users to work with various PEI-based, high-performance polymers suitable for their manufacturing scenarios. There is a wide range of filaments available on the market which reinforce PEI 9085 or PEI 1010 engineering filament with carbon or glass fibers for instance. To print with such materials, it is now possible to go into the External Materials section in Z-SUITE, choose whether the filament about to be used is based on PEI 9085 or PEI 1010, and adjust the baseline settings to match the recommendations of the material’s manufacturer. Same procedure can be also applied to working with different materials based on ABS.
Growing range of supported materials, frequent updates, and a capability to work with external engineering filaments make the Endureal perfect for advanced applications in various high-tech fields like oil industry, space, aviation, automotive, and more.
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