Aug. 17, 2014

Data storage giant Verbatim revealed its foray into 3D printing filament materials, a market with explosive potential that's estimated to reach a value of $669 million by 2014, according to Gartner.

Verbatim will commence selling both ABS and PLA 3D printing filaments in Australia and New Zealand from August 2014, and the materials will also be available in Europe in September 2014.

The Verbatim PLA range will come in 1.75mm and 3mm diameter filament and the Verbatim ABS material will come in 1.75mm diameter filament. Both will be offered in an assortment of vibrant colours as 1kg spools. The price for Verbatim ABS-filament 1,75 mm will be around 39.99 € / kg (including tax).

Verbatim says that the products will be manufactured in Japan from the highest quality materials and produced to extremely tight tolerances to ensure consistent feed and stable printing. The filaments will be distributed in vacuum-sealed bags with desiccant, and wound onto a custom spool that has been designed for strength, uniform dynamic performance and trouble-free dispensing.

Verbatim is part of the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC), one of the world's leading manufacturers of plastic. MCC has developed DURABIO, a clear durable bio-based plastic resin suitable for 3D printing as well as other applications. The material has excellent optical properties and high impact strength as well as UV, flame and scratch resistance. With the flexibility, fast hardening, warp-free and eco-friendly advantages of PLA plastics, DURABIO also benefits from the toughness that is commonly associated with ABS plastics popularly used in 3D printers. Verbatim's Durabio filament range is expected to be available from late 2014.


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