Sep 4, 2014

Eastman Chemical Company, a specialty chemical company, and Helian Polymers, the company behind 3D printing filament ColorFabb, have teamed to launch colorFabb XT-Copolyester made with Eastman Amphora 3D polymer.

The new low-odor, styrene-free filament is uniquely suited for the 3D printing market and it will allow user to produce 3D printed strong, functional products while ensuring good air quality, dimensional stability, and compliance with FDA regulations.

The ColorFabb XT filament features following properties:

  • High strength and very high toughness
  • High Tg / improved temp. resistance
  • FDA food contact compliance
  • Odor Neutral processing
  • Styrene free formulation
  • BPA (Bisphenol A ) free formulation

Images credit: ColorFabb

The collaboration between Eastman and Helian, began in 2013 with the goal of developing a solution for functional 3D products printed using extrusion based 3D printing. The companies worked to test materials and formulations, utilizing their expertise in high-performance polymers and 3D printing filaments. Eastman's history with a broad portfolio of solutions and technical expertise complemented Helian's innovative work with 3D printers and filaments. The resulting colorFabb XT-Copolyester made with Eastman Amphora 3D polymer focuses on functionality and features strength, workability, processing, low odor and aesthetics for 3D printed products.

"Although fast-growing, extrusion based desktop printing has yet to see a solution for functional parts," said Alex Dudal, market development representative, Eastman Chemical Company. "Our collaboration with Helian has allowed us to go beyond prototypes. With Eastman Amphora 3D polymers, parts can be printed with a dimensional ability and functionality for industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, technology, education and retail."

"The number of advancements we've been able to make in a relatively short amount of time is a testimony to the potential of our relationship with Eastman," said Ruud Rouleaux, managing director, Helian Polymers. "Taking advantage of new, better-performing materials is the advancement the 3D printing industry needs to venture out of laboratories and into small businesses, schools and homes."

The ColorFabb XT Copolyester is available in a variety of colors, with the price starting from €34.95 / spool (750 grams).

Adviced 3d printing temperature:
240-260C (XT filament produced before 7th februari can be printed at 220 - 240C)

Adviced 3d print speed:
40 - 70 mm/s

Advised Heated bed
60-70C (XT filament produced before 7th februari can be printed on a cold bed)


To view prototypes, visit Eastman and Helian Polymers in Booth P14 at the London 3D Printshow.


Posted in 3D Printing Materials

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