SABIC launches new filaments for fused deposition modeling

The new filaments add to the company’s fast-growing additive manufacturing materials portfolio.

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SABIC (Pittsfield, MA, US), a global leader in the chemical industry, announced May 8 it is launching three new filaments for fused deposition modeling: ULTEMTM AM1010F filament for general high-temperature applications, including tooling; and ULTEMTM AMHU1010F and LEXANTM AMHC620F filaments for healthcare applications.

The first new filament, ULTEM AM1010F, provides high-heat resistance (a glass transition temperature of 217°C) and high mechanical strength. It can be used in applications such as short-cycle injection molding tools, carbon-fiber layup tools and automotive components. The filament is UL94 V-0 compliant at 1.5 mm and 5VA compliant at 3.0 mm.

The new ULTEM AMHU1010F and LEXAN AMHC620F filaments are made with SABIC healthcare-grade resins, which are included in the SABIC’s Healthcare Product Policy and offer traceability. The policy provides pre-assessment of resin biocompatibility according to ISO 10993 or USP Class VI standards, and FDA Drug or Device Master File listings. According to SABIC, new healthcare application development can become more efficient by using these filaments in prototypes, as the same base resin materials are available in injection molding grades for production.

ULTEM AMHU1010F filament is a polyetherimide (PEI) product, manufactured from ULTEM HU1010 healthcare-grade resin that provides inherent high-heat resistance. The unpigmented filament is biocompatible (ISO 10993 or USP Class VI), and printed parts can be sterilized using gamma radiation, ethylene oxide (EtO) or steam autoclaving. It is UL94 V-0 compliant at 1.5 mm and 5VA compliant at 3.0mm.

LEXAN AMHC620F polycarbonate (PC) filament, available in white, is also biocompatible and can be sterilized with gamma or EtO methods. This filament meets UL94 HB rating at 1.5mm.

According to SABIC, both new filaments are potentially suitable for a wide variety of medical devices, from conceptual modeling to functional prototyping and end-use parts. Possible customized or personalized applications include surgical instruments, single-use devices and casts/splints.