Biodegradable Plastic for 3-D Printing
Biome Bioplastics Limited, Southampton, UK, has launched a new material for the 3-D printing industry. Made from plant starches, Biome3D is a biodegradable plastic that combines easy processing and a superior print finish, while offering much higher print speeds. Developed in partnership with 3Dom Filaments, the new material was unveiled at the TCT Show 2014 in Birmingham, the leading event dedicated to 3-D printing, additive manufacturing and product development.
Plant-based plastics are already a popular choice for 3-D printing because they are much easier to work with during processing, and are food safe and odor free. 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. Biome3D combines the benefits of both plant and oil-based printing filaments and demonstrates that high performance plant-based plastics can be the ideal material for the 3-D printing industry. Biome3D combines a superior finish and flexibility, with ease of processing and excellent printed detail. In addition, and perhaps most importantly for the industry, it runs at much higher print speeds, reducing overall job times.
Biome Bioplastics develops high performance, plant-based plastics for a wide range of applications, from catering to electronics. The company is committed to challenging the dominance of oil-based plastics and changing perceptions of the capabilities of biopolymers. Last year Biome Bioplastics 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 3-D printing industry.
Biome Bioplastics Limited
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