May 13, 2016 | By Benedict

Formfutura, a Netherlands-based manufacturer of 3D printing materials, has launched three new 3D printing filaments: TitanX, ApolloX, and Atlas Support. The three FDM-optimized materials promise optimized adhesion properties and a finish comparable to that of injection-molded parts.

With 3D printing now used in a more ways than ever before, makers of 3D printing materials must work hard to ensure that for every 3D printing project, however unique or unusual, there is a suitable filament to meet its material needs. Formfutura, a materials specialist based in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, is today introducing three new engineering materials to its already sizable materials repository.

The three 3D printing materials in question are TitanX, ApolloX, and Atlas Support. The first two materials, with their rather more striking names, are both professional-quality engineering filaments, promising to provide “the building block of your creations”, while Atlas Support is a water-soluble material which can be used to print support structures using a multi-material 3D printer.

TitanX, an FDM-optimized engineering filament, is an evolved form of ABS, designed to eliminate warping on large scale and high precision engineering objects. Available in 7 colors and two thicknesses, the TitanX 3D printing material provides “superb” first layer adhesion, perfect interlayer adhesion, effective flow, and thermal stability for €34.45 (300g).

  • Melt flow rate: 41 g/10min
  • Impact strength: 58 KJ/m2
  • Tensile strength: 43.6 MPa
  • Print temperature: 240 - 260 °C

ApolloX is based on an industrial-grade modified ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) compound. The 3D printing material promises thermal stability and a superior filament flow, while delivering zero warping and a similar adhesion quality to TitanX. Apollo X, also available for €34.45 in the same color and material options, is UV- and weather-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor and automotive 3D printing projects.

  • Melt flow rate: 45 g/10min 
  • Impact strength: 18 KJ/m2 
  • Tensile strength: 47.5 MPa 
  • Print temperature: 235 - 255 °C 

Atlas Support, dubbed the “next generation” of FDM support materials, is a water-soluble PVA blend with greater thermal stability than standard PVA. The material bonds well to PLA, ABS, HIPS, and other thermoplastics, and is resistant to humidity. Atlas Support costs €34.45, comes in a natural color, and is available in two thicknesses.

  • Melt flow rate: 2.3 g/10min 
  • Impact strength: 1.7 KJ/m2
  • Print temperature: 80 - 205 °C

Formfutura stocks a number other of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm filaments based on PLA, ABS, HIPS, and HDGlass variants, amongst other materials. The company also sells plastic pellets and 3D printing accessories.

 

 

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Cycnus wrote at 10/11/2017 7:52:29 PM:

Apollox does not seem to print easier than very cheap ABS. Some cracks. Deceived.

TC wrote at 8/14/2016 7:36:57 AM:

must be your printer; i've had great success with their material, printing from .1 to .3 mm. I've been using the Apollo to make all sorts of items that require a high degree of strength (spool holder on the roof for example)

117733 wrote at 5/15/2016 3:35:18 PM:

I had very bad experiences with formfutura. Their play is way worse to print than any other vendor I tested so far, even 5$ China pla prints better.



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