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Verbatim launches Mitsubishi Chemical bio-friendly 3D printing filament DURABIO

Nov 1, 2018 | By Thomas

Verbatim has announced the launch of DURABIO filament for 3D FFF printing, a transparent bio-based engineering material developed by Mitsubishi Chemical which combines the properties of Polycarbonate (PC) and Polymethacrylate (PMMA). The material has excellent optical and mechanical properties, high heat, scratch and abrasion resistance and superb light transmission and UV resistance. The filament will be available in transparent and high gloss piano black and piano white.

Mitsubishi Chemical originally developed DURABIO as a glass substitute and it has already been adopted in the automotive and mobile phone industries for items such as touch screens, console and dashboard trims and exterior radiator grilles. DURABIO is BPA free, a bio-based engineering plastic made from plant-derived isosorbide, making it particularly attractive to environmentally aware customers.

It features excellent performance as it offers higher resistance to impact, heat, and weather than conventional engineering plastics. Additional benefits include ease of coloring – DURABIO can be simply mixed with pigment to create glossy, high reflective surfaces – as well its hardness, enhancing durability and scratch resistance. These advantages eliminate the need for a coating process. By making it available as a 3D printable material, designers can now more easily develop functioning models or prototypes using the same material that will be used for mass production.

“Verbatim’s goal is to drive new markets within the 3D printing industry and a key part of this is the introduction of specialist 3D printing materials that have been developed by Mitsubishi Chemical with DURABIO being the latest exciting addition,” said Hidetaka Yabe, President of Verbatim GmbH.

Samples of DURABIO will be available at the FORMNEXT show for customer testing with mass volume shipments available from January 2019.  Other new products soon to be introduced by Verbatim include PET-G and high speed PLA.

 

 

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