Mar 6, 2018 | By Benedict

Ohio chemicals company Lubrizol has unveiled its first three 3D printing materials for FDM 3D printers under the name “Estane.” It now plans to develop 3D printing materials for SLS 3D printers and HP’s Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.

HP’s entry into the 3D printing industry continues to make its mark on the additive manufacturing landscape. Far from stealing business from other manufacturers, the presence of an HP 3D printing system has encouraged swathes of new businesses to capitalize on the growing interest in HP’s Jet Fusion systems.

Last month, we saw how one company, GoProto, was expanding its 3D printing facilities to accommodate the rising demand for prototypes made on the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer. Chemicals company Lubrizol represents another side of the story: having joined HP’s Open Applications and Materials Program, Lubrizol is now making 3D printing materials for a whole range of 3D printers, bringing its chemicals expertise into the additive manufacturing world.

Lubrizol brought its first ever 3D printing materials, three filaments for FDM 3D printers, to TCT Asia 2018, an event that also introduced a flying 3D printer. The new Lubrizol 3D printing materials will be formulations of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), marketed under the name Estane and ranging from soft and flexible to hard and rigid.

The Ohio company says its new materials portfolio provides new options for plastics processing and applications, enabling customers to meet the latest market trends.

“Following the recently-announced partnership with HP, Lubrizol continues to expand our presence within the fast-growing space of 3D printing,” commented David Pascual, Lubrizol Marketing Manager. “By combining our differentiating chemistries together with our elaborate polymer expertise and understanding of end-uses and channels to market, we’re able to develop truly differentiating 3D printing materials, maximizing value for our customers globally.”



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