Mar 1, 2016 | By Alec
The web is filled with fantastic and inspiring 3D printing projects that illustrate just how big the hobby has gotten. The only downside is that the tried-and-tested ABS and PLA filaments don’t always cut it for research projects and practical prototyping. While results tend to look good, they don’t always have the right toughness or strength to do whatever they need to do. When that happens, the best thing is to try less conventional filaments, and as it happens renowned Dutch filament provider colorFabb has just unveiled the latest edition to their excellent range: colorFabb_HT, a clean material perfect for practical 3D printing solutions due to its high strength, superior durability and stability, toughness and excellent temperature resistance.
Dutch manufacturer colorFabb is, of course, known for their excellent 3D printing supplies. Founded as a branch of Helian Polymers, a sister company of Peter Holland, a few years ago, they quickly became the provider of a number of excellent and sometimes unusual filaments.
While some of their other materials are largely attractive for aesthetic reasons, its excellent qualities are colorFabb_HT’s main selling point. It is made from Eastman’s Amphora™ HT5300 3D polymer, which is styrene and BPA free, low-odor and particularly suited for parts exposed to unusual circumstances. It features an advanced overhang ability too, making it perfect for practical parts. “Demonstrating superior dimensional stability, HT5300 allows for 3D printing to exacting dimensions, which is especially important for products with tight tolerances and multi-component parts. Moreover, with its outstanding toughness and chemical resistance, Amphora HT5300 is ideal for prototyping and testing products,” the manufacturers proudly say. The impressive drill holder (seen above) really says it all when it comes to durability.
Perhaps most impressive is it high heat resistance, with 3D printed colorFabb_HT parts being capable of withstanding heat up to 100 degrees Celsius. “That means your co-polyester creations can finally withstand heat without deforming. This opens up new areas in which 3D printed applications can be successfully applied,” they say. This is illustrated with 3D printed toy engine parts, made by a user named Dennis. “By using colorFabb_HT, Dennis is able to experiment with custom shaped inlet manifolds to improve the performance of this Mini track car. The fact that he can now test these parts on a running engine means a lot in his design process,” they say.
Latest cool colorFabb print: The gCreate Rocket Ship (Thingiverse), made with copperFill, bronzeFill, brassFill and glowFill.
If you’re interested in this excellent filament, it is set to go on sale in three weeks, on March 21 – both through their web shop and their international resellers. Pre-orders for colorFabb_HT will begin before that time. The functional filament will be available in five colors: clear, white, light gray, dark gray and black. You can also catch colorFabb at RapidPro 2016 this week. At the convention in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, they will showcase a variety of their filaments, so you can check out the results in person.
Posted in 3D Printing Materials
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