Aug. 3, 2014

3D printing patents were first filed over 30 years ago. Current desktop 3D printing makes for mostly cheaper, plastic products, but a new Cheyenne WY based company sees that the best way forward is to employ the technology is in materials science, electronics and software to expand printing capabilities to meet the needs of industry.

Avante Technology announced the release of new, proprietary "engineering grade" composite filament and a companion print adhesion sheet designed for desktop 3D printer.

According to the company, its FilaOne Advanced Composite Filament System for Desktop 3D Printers solves three common problems with current desktop 3D printers:

• Improves the mechanical strength of the printed part
• Minimizes the impact of humidity on the printing process
• Improves the adhesion of the part during the printing process

The first material in this new line is FilaOne GREEN Advanced Composite Filament. Scheduled for release in August, FileOne GREEN is designed to enable users to create "functional prototypes" that are strong enough for limited use testing, and production of simple objects.

Avante Technology said this new proprietary material is stronger and more resilient than ABS and PLA, and it is not affected by moisture or humidity.

Unlike the common ABS and nylon which give off noxious, harmful gasses when printing, FilaOne GREEN is nearly odorless when printing, said Avante Technology. The materials in FilaOne GREEN will also safely degrade into ecofriendly residue in a land-fill over time.

The filament and printing sheets will be available in both 3mm and 1.75 mm versions. Two FilaOne Printing Adhesion Sheets are included with each 1kg reel of filament. FilaOne Green is available in natural and green colors, additional colors are planned for release in Q4 2014.

"Users will be able to create stronger, more useful objects, similar to what can be done on far more expensive industrial grade FDM printers" said Robert Zollo, CEO and Founder of Avante Technology. "Engineers and Manufacturers now can use affordable desktop printers to create useful working prototypes and even some simple production parts for fast time-to-market, without spending tens of thousands of dollars on an industrial grade printer."

The filament and printing sheets will be previewed at the 3D Printer World Expo, 22-23 August in Bellevue, Washington. The pricing and availability will also be announced at the show.


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KnightFire wrote at 8/4/2014 3:58:42 AM:

@Printer Guy, The table was probably produced by Avante to help sell their filament. Can you suggest a better table, it's knowledge I'd like to have, but don't.

Printer guy wrote at 8/3/2014 10:51:42 AM:

The table in the article is complete rubbish. Who ever wrote this. OMG....

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