May 20, 2015 | By Simon

Although we repeatedly hear about new developments with 3D printers themselves, it’s easy to overlook just how important the filament materials are, too.  Among other qualities, a reliable filament should not only produce attractive objects but also work smoothly with a 3D printer during the extrusion process.  Because of this, some filaments are optimized and made for specific 3D printers - such as the new n-vent filament from taulman 3D, which is designed to be used with Aleph Object Inc.’s LulzBot printers.

Utilizing the Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer, 3D printing filament manufacturer taulman 3D has created a new filament offering that offers a seamless combination of toughness, ease of processing and smooth printability.  The collaboration between the two companies aims to provide complementary materials and desktop printers for the strongest printed parts.    

“Collaborations like the one between taulman 3D and Aleph Objects are why Eastman is involved in the 3D printing market,” said Alex Dudal, market development representative, Eastman Chemical Company. “These two companies are key leaders in this market from a hardware and filament perspective, and collaborating with them allows us to bring Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer to a broader audience in the right way.”

Based in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA with nearly 15,000 employees around the world, Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day - including polymers for 3D printing applications.  

Taulman 3D’s use of the company’s Amphora™ 3D polymer is suited for creating 3D printed parts with aesthetic value - such as vases and desktop items.  The material’s high strength and low odor makes it ideal as a general use filament for most consumers.  Additionally, the material’s heat resistance, low shrinkage and higher tensile strength make it ideal for use in prototyping for more advanced product developers.  Functionally, n-vent can be thought of as a middle option between ABS and PLA.

“Eastman provides quality materials, and their technical and engineering expertise round out a set of features that is ideal for 3D printing material development,” said Thomas Martzall, owner, taulman 3D. “Because of trends in smaller designs, we’re expecting an increase in multipart designs that need to fit together properly. The reduced shrinkage of this material, along with Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer’s bonding abilities, will ensure multipart designs accomplish the desired goal.”

While the n-vent filament isn’t slated to be released until Summer 2015, Aleph Objects is currently showcasing their LulzBot 3D printers and sample prints made with the n-vent material at this year’s RAPID (May 18-21 in Long Beach, California).

“At Aleph Objects, our mission is to respect user freedom and offer versatile, cutting-edge technology that allows our community to bring their ideas to life,” said Jeff Moe, president, Aleph Objects. “Based on our in-house testing using LulzBot 3D printers, we are confident that n-vent by taulman 3D, made with Eastman Amphora™ 3D polymer, will rank among the best premium materials on the market.”



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