You only need to look at the number of 3D printers on the market today to realize that this technology has exploded. It’s been adopted by NASA, by automakers, the aerospace industry, and more and more makers are getting into the act as well.
To support all these dissimilar needs, a lot of different filament types are required. While there are dozens, perhaps hundreds, out there, three more are set to debut from Extrudr.
The New Filament Options from Extrudr
If you haven’t heard of Extrudr before, don’t worry. The company hasn’t been around that long; only two years, in fact.
They’re based in Australia, and recently debuted three new filament options. Each one offers something slightly different.
“We can guarantee the highest quality standards like diameter, resin, roundness, printability and more,” explains the company’s cofounder, Johannes Fruh. “As part of the 3D printing community, we want to produce high quality filament to enter a new era of innovation and support every customer with our material to get brilliant printing outcomes.”
The first filament is called Extrudr Fichte. It’s designed to create wood-like prints, all the way down to the color and texture.
It’s also completely biodegradable, making this a very eco-friendly option. The filament is made from lignin and biopolymers, and actually contains spruce fibers.
It’s nontoxic and provides a very lifelike imitation of wood.
The second is called Extrudr Pearl, and the name really says it all. It’s also made from lignin and biopolymers, and is also completely biodegradable.
The filament creates a white/translucent appearance with a pearl-ized finish that’s ideal for high-end prints.
Finally, there’s glowEX. Made from PETG, glowEX is completely recyclable and is very similar to ABS.
However, it offers better toughness and durability. It’s also designed to glow in the dark, adding a touch of uniqueness to any print.
“It’s especially designed for a large and general applications scope, which the main requirement is the balance between optical and good mechanical properties,” said Fruh.
All three filament types are currently available in various spool sizes and can be used with most 3D printers capable of reaching the relatively low temperatures required to extrude them. This is just one more example of how 3D printing companies are coming to the fore in order to not only answer the growing demand for different types of filaments, but to do so in a way that is more environmentally friendly.