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Commodity Polymers

PP

Polypropylene is a tough, rigid and crystalline thermoplastic produced from propylene monomer. It has the lowest density among commodity plastics.

Composition: Polypropylene (PP)
Polymer Type: Semicrystalline Thermoplastic
Extrusion temperature: 230 -260 °C

Soft TPUs

Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a melt-processable thermoplastic elastomer with high durability and flexibility. TPUs have properties between the characteristics of plastic and rubber. Thanks to its thermoplastic nature, it has several benefits over other elastomers are unable to match, such as excellent tensile strength, high elongation at break, and good load bearing capacity.

Composition: Polyurethane
Polymer Type: Thermoplastic elastomer
Extrusion temperature: 220-240 °C
Shore A levels: from 25A to 95A

ABS

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an thermoplastic, amorphous polymer. ABS is made up of three monomers: acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. ABS is an ideal material for structural applications when impact resistance, strength, and stiffness are required.

Composition: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene
Polymer Type: Amorphous thermoplastic
Extrusion temperature: 230 -260 °C
Validated Additives: Carbon fiber (CF), Glass Fibers (GF). 

PVC

PVC is an economical and versatile thermoplastic polymer widely used in the building and construction industry to produce door and window profiles, pipes (drinking and wastewater), wire and cable insulation, medical devices, etc

Composition: Polyvinyl chloride
Polymer Type: Thermoplastic
Extrusion temperature: 215-230 °C

PETG

Polyethylene terephthalate glycol, also known as PETG or PET-G, is a thermoplastic polyester that provides significant chemical resistance, durability and excellent formability for manufacturing. PETG is exceptionally popular for consumer and commercial applications that involve 3D printing, or other heat-forming  manufacturing techniques. PETG is a food-safe plastic commonly used for food containers and bottles for liquid beverages.

Composition: Polyethylene terephthalate glycol
Polymer Type: Thermoplastic polyester
Extrusion temperature: 210 -250 °C

HDPE

Polyethylene (PE) is a lightweight, durable thermoplastic with variable crystalline structure. PE is one of the most widely produced plastics in the world (tens of millions of tons are produced worldwide each year). It is used in applications ranging for films, tubes, plastic parts, laminates, etc. in several markets (packaging, automotive, electrical, etc.).

Composition: Polyethylene
Polymer Type: Thermoplastic Polymer
Extrusion temperature: 230-260 °C

Engineering Polymers

VALOX 357U (Sabic)

VALOX 357XU is an unreinforced, UV stabilized, impact modified flame retardant Polybutylene Terephthalate/Polycarbonate (PBT) injection moldable grade. It has excellent chemical resistance and a UL94V0@0.75mm and 5VA@2.5mm flame rating. This is a good candidate for applications in the electrical industry including bobbins, switches, and enclosures.

Composition: Polycarbonate (PC) + Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
Polymer type:
Extrusion temperature: 240 -260 °C

VALOX 357X (Sabic)

Valox 357X Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin is a non-reinforced, impact modified, injection moldable grade. This brominated flame retardant PC/PBT has a UL V0 rating. Valox 357X resin is a general-purpose resin that is an excellent candidate for a wide variety of applications including bobbins, switches and enclosures.

Composition: Polycarbonate (PC) + Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
Polymer type:
Extrusion temperature: 240 -260 °C

GRILON BK-30®

Grilon® BK-30 is a heat stabilized, 30% glass beads reinforced polyamide 6. Possesses normal viscosity, good impact resistance, low warpage and dimensional stability. Mostly used in applications such as base plates in the automotive and electronic field. Also used in other applications such as electrical appliances, housewares, sports & leisure, tools & accessories, industry and consumer goods.

Composition:
Polymer Type: Additivated thermoplastic (polyamide)
Extrusion temperature: 240 -260 °C

PPC 7712

PPC 7712 is an odorless, water insoluble heterophasic polypropylene copolymer grade. Exhibits good fluidity & mechanical properties, excellent impact resistance & antistatic properties. Applications include pipes, crates, heavy duty applications, pails, food packaging, appliances, crates & industrial boxes.

Composition: polypropylene
Polymer type: Semicrystalline Thermoplastic
Extrusion temperature: 230 -260 °C

FL900PP-CF (Braskem)

Braskem FL900PP-CF is a specially engineered carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene made using 100% recycled carbon fiber. CF-PP has minimal shrinkage and warpage and allows users to print lightweight and exceptionally rigid parts for high-end application, such as automotive, aerospace, nautical and sports goods. Additional benefits include; high continuous use temperature, lightweight, no drying required, chemical and water resistance.

Composition: Polypropylene (PP) + Carbon fibers (CF)
Polymer Type: Additivated Thermoplastic
Extrusion temperature:

ULTEM TM

The ULTEM™ resin family of amorphous thermoplastic polyetherimide (PEI) materials offers outstanding elevated thermal resistance, high strength and stiffness, and broad chemical resistance. These materials uniquely balance both mechanical properties and processability, offering design engineers exceptional flexibility and freedom. Also available are ULTEM copolymers which support even higher heat, chemical and elasticity needs.

Composition: Polyetherimide (PEI)
Polymer Type: Amorphous Thermoplastic
Extrusion temperature:

Nylon

Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers composed of polyamides. Polyamides are a major high performance engineering thermoplastics class because of its good balance of properties.

Composition: Polyamide
Types: PA6, PA12, PA66
Polymer Type: Thermoplastic polymer (polyamide)
Extrusion temperature: 220-250 °C
Additives: Ferrite, NdFeB

PEEK

Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a semi-crystalline, high-performance engineering thermoplastic. This rigid opaque (grey) material offers a unique combination of mechanical properties, resistance to chemicals, wear, fatigue and creep as well as exceptionally high temperature resistance, up to 260°C (480°F).

Composition: Polyether ether ketone
Polymer Type: semi-crystalline thermoplastic
Extrusion temperature: 370 – 400 °C

PC

Polycarbonate is a high-performance tough, amorphous and transparent thermoplastic polymer with organic functional groups linked together by carbonate groups and offers a unique combination of properties. PC is popularly used as an engineering plastic owing to its unique features that include high impact strength, high dimensional stability and good electrical properties.

Composition: Polycarbonate
Polymer Type: Thermoplastic polymer
Extrusion temperature: 270 – 310 °C
Validated Additives: PBT

Metal 3D Printing

Metal/ceramic pellets consists of metal or ceramic powder and a tailor-made binding agent. By using either lab synthesised or commercially available (Catamold®) metal/ceramic pellets, geometrically sophisticated devices can be produced economically on our Tumaker Pellet Printers.

Biomedical Grade Polymers

The remarkable physicochemical properties of polylactic acid (PLA), polycaprolactone (PCL) and poly lactic/glycolic acid (PLGA) such as renewability, biodegradability, and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for clinical use open up interesting perspectives for application in tissue engineering and biomedical materials.

PCL (Merck)

Polycaprolactone (PCL) is a semi crystalline hydrophobic biodegradable polyester which finds major applications as a drug delivery agent because of its cost efficiency, high toughness and biocompatibility.

Composition: polycaprolactone

Polymer Type: Biopolymer (polyester)
Extrusion temperature: 100-140 °C
Average Mn: 45,000/80,000

PLA (Merck)

Poly(lactic acid) is thermoplastic polyester based on lactic acid. The remarkable physicochemical properties of PLA such as renewability, biodegradability, and US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for clinical use open up interesting perspectives for application in food packaging and biomedical materials.

Composition: polylactic acid

Polymer Type: Biopolymer (polyester)
Extrusion temperature: 120-220 °C
Average Mn:

PLGA (Merk)

Polyester PLGA is a copolymer of poly lactic acid (PLA) and poly glycolic acid (PGA). It is the best-defined biomaterial available for drug delivery with respect to design and performance.

Composition: polylactic acid

Polymer Type: Biopolymer (polyester)
Extrusion temperature: 120-220 °C
Average Mn:

 √ Biocompatible √ Easily functionalized √ FDA-approved Pellets √ Biodegradable 

Additives (polymer functionalisation)

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