to supply Dow polyethylene filament in North America
3D-Gasoline, a USA-based filament producer, has partnered with multinational chemical firm Dow to supply the latter’s IMAGIN3D Polyethylene Olefin Block Copolymer (OBC) product to the North America filament market.
Dow’s IMAGIN3D Polyethylene OBC is designed for the manufacturing of light-weight, sturdy 3D printed components. Primarily based on polyethylene, it retains the fabric’s inherent properties, whereas sustaining dimensional stability throughout the printing course of.
IMAGIN3D Polyethylene Olefin Block Copolymer filament. Photograph by way of 3D-Gasoline.
Concentrate on sustainability
Primarily based in Fargo, 3D-Gasoline goals to ship a spread of specialised 3D printing filaments with a give attention to eco-friendliness and sustainability. The corporate has manufacturing amenities in Fargo and Moville, Eire for delivery to the EU. 3D-Gasoline maintains its environmentally pleasant footprint by utilizing NatureWorks Ingeo PLA for a majority of its merchandise. This materials is made within the US from plant-based plastic made out of corn; it’s compostable and made with none oil-based merchandise.
3D-Gasoline’s dedication to sustainability is carrying over in its collaboration with Dow. Each corporations have dedicated to the round economic system by considering the product’s full lifecycle, significantly throughout improvement, as a part of Dow’s 2025 sustainability objectives.
Dow within the 3D printing trade
Dow’s filament, the IMAGIN3D Polyethylene OBC, supplies a variety of materials advantages. This consists of elongation of break over 800 %, low density, excessive sturdiness, chemical resistance to be used in corrosive environments, low flexural modulus and excessive fatigue resistance. As such, the filament can doubtlessly allow new purposes the place ductility and sturdiness are valued, for instance, within the manufacturing of dwelling hinges, or for UAV, automotive, marine, and R/C purposes.
Quant-U silicone midsoles. Photograph by way of Ecco.
A supplies science firm with a historical past relationship again to 1897, Dow has amassed a big portfolio of efficiency supplies, industrial intermediates, and plastics companies. The corporate goals to ship a broad vary of science-based merchandise and options for purchasers in high-growth segments, comparable to packaging, infrastructure, and client care. Dow operates 113 manufacturing websites in 31 international locations and employs roughly 37,000 individuals.
In 2017 Dow merged with fellow chemical firm DuPont to type DowDuPont, which has since spun-off to type three separate divisions with focuses on the next: agriculture, supplies science, and specialty merchandise. The agriculture division is known as Corteva, the supplies science spin-off is known as Dow Inc., and the specialty merchandise division is known as DuPont.
Dow initially introduced its entry into the 3D printing supplies market with the launch of the EVOLV3D Common Assist Materials (USM) in 2017. Since then, the corporate has grown its presence within the trade. In 2019 its filaments turned obtainable via MatterHackers, a California-based 3D printers and filament provider. The corporate’s 3D printing supplies have additionally been used to produce footwear in a collaborative undertaking with French software program supplier Dassault Systèmes, and Danish shoe producer ECCO. Moreover, it showcased a spread of high-performance supplies for 3D printing with DuPont final yr at RAPID + TCT.
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Featured picture reveals IMAGIN3D Polyethylene Olefin Block Copolymer filament. Photograph by way of 3D-Gasoline.
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