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MakerBot Adds LEHVOSS 3D Printing Filaments to METHOD 3D Printers – 3DPrint.com

i am huge LEHVOSS fan. The materials business is large enough to bring polymer resources and expertise, yet nimble enough to deliver new products to a rapidly changing market. Today, the company has partnered with MakerBot to add three of its materials to the stable of the manufacturer of 3D printers, bringing the total number of filaments of the Stratasys subsidiary to 30.

The materials available for the MakerBot METHOD are 3F PAHT 9825 NT, 3F PAHT CF 9891 BK and 3F PET CF 9780 BK. As for the 3F PAHT 9825 NT, I am super in love with PAHT, or high temperature polyamide (nylon). With a continuous service temperature (CST) of 100°C, this is a solid workhorse of a material that has relatively low moisture absorption (always the Achilles heel of these nylon/ PA). Designed to be low strain, this could be a great all-around filament for many users.

3F PAHT CF 9891 BK is a carbon fiber (CF) filled variant of the former, with lower moisture absorption. It must also be resistant to corrosive chemicals and have a CST of 150°C. It could be used in automotive under hood applications and should be stiffer than the first grade. 3F PET CF 9780 BK looks a little weird to me, but it’s a CF-filled PET. With better chemical resistance than other PETs, the material was designed to print well and survive 120°C.

Overall, we see new high performance materials being introduced as alternatives to polymers such as ULTEM and PVDF for Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). This kind of competition will serve us all. Materials will be available for METHOD and METHOD X 3D printers.

The MakerBot METHOD 3D printer. Image courtesy of MakerBot.

The company points out that, thanks to the use of its LABS extruder, the METHOD is already open to many other qualified materials. Thiago Medeiros Araujo, Global Product Manager LUVOCOM 3F at LEHVOSS said:

“The MakerBot METHOD and METHOD X machines offer unique heated chamber capabilities that allow semi-crystalline materials to have all of their properties outside of the printer, eliminating the need for post-processing. Moreover, its excellent accuracy and reproducibility in combination with our range of high performance materials LUVOCOM 3F brings outstanding engineering performance to customers.

Johan-Till Broer, Vice President of Product Development at MakerBot, contributed:

“We are constantly evaluating new materials to meet the needs of our customers and their applications. The ability to 3D print additional high-performance materials on the METHOD platform opens up more opportunities for those who want to test different materials with advanced mechanical and thermal properties. LEHVOSS Group is an expert in engineering materials and brings a range of new high performance polymers to the METHOD platform, enabling our customers to explore new, more challenging applications.

This development has some interesting implications. First of all, how long are we going to keep hating MakerBot? I still feel betrayed by Bre and I will never forgive him. But does the Stratasys-owned company now deserve another look? The METHOD X is a beautiful printer and now much more open than its predecessors. However, maybe it needs to be completely open to be successful? These materials have been available for Ultimaker and other printers for some time now. Does this mean that faster acceptance of new materials will be a key competitive metric?

Additionally, here we see an exciting battlefield beginning to form. On the one hand, we have inexpensive printers that can do a lot of things that $2,000 and $3,000 machines can do. However, the more expensive systems perform better, are more reliable and last longer. Then we have $5,000 to $50,000 high temperature systems from Roboze and Minifactory, which allow you to print extremely tough materials, such as PEEK, ULTEM and PEKK, which have great chemical resistance , as well as the CSE. In the middle are $2,000 to $6,000 systems like those from Ultimaker, RAISE3D, BCN3D and more. These are complete and reliable, but cannot print PEEK.

So, the coming year is going to be interesting as either high performance polyamide and PPA materials will start to eat away at the market share of high temperature printers, or they won’t. The more high-performance PPA and PA materials, the less people will need high-temperature machines. Meanwhile, for many people doing actual manufacturing, PPA and PA materials will steer them away from at least low-end systems to ones that can print at 250°C to 350°C and, therefore, are able to use nylon. and their brothers. Moves like these will really shake up our market and determine its future.