Oct. 1, 2014

Plant-based plastics are already a popular choice for 3D printing because they are much easier to work with during processing, and are food safe and odour free. They are a great example of how sustainable alternatives can gain market share based on their performance, rather than just their 'green credentials'. However, oil-based printing filaments are still used because they have a higher softening point and make more flexible models that will bend before they break.

UK bioplastics developer, Biome Bioplastics, has launched this week a new material made from plant starches, dubbed Biome3D, which it has developed in partnership with 3D printing technology specialist 3Dom Filaments.

Biome3D is a biodegradable plastic that combines a superior finish and flexibility, with ease of processing and excellent printed detail. The company is also touting the much higher print speeds with which the new material can be used by 3D printers, which could reduce overall job times.

"The future of bioplastics lies in demonstrating that plant-based materials can outperform their traditional, oil-based counterparts. Our new material for the 3D printing market exemplifies that philosophy. Biome3D combines the best processing qualities with the best product finish; it also happens to be made from natural, renewable resources," explains Sally Morley, Sales Director at Biome Bioplastics.

Biome Bioplastics is committed to challenging the dominance of oil-based plastics and changing perceptions of the capabilities of biopolymers. Last year they launched the first compostable solution for single-serve coffee pods, one of the fastest growing segments of the food and drinks industry. The partnership with 3Dom Filaments represents their first move into the 3D printing industry.


Posted in 3D Printing Materials

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Joe Q. wrote at 10/3/2014 7:24:04 PM:

Would be interesting to know what this actually made of. Clearly it isn't PLA, perhaps some other higher-melting polyester (based on bio-derived succinic acid)? The starch-based origin would suggest so.

Jorge wrote at 10/1/2014 10:41:10 AM:

We need prize more less...

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