Out in the wilds of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Avante Technology, LLC, a company specializing in the development of advanced 3D printing technologies, has announced the release of their new line of engineering grade thermoplastic composite filaments and printing platform sheets designed for desktop 3D printers.
Avante Technology develops, markets and licenses advanced 3D printing products and technology for the 3D printing industry, and their focus is on commercial applications, supplying advanced desktop printers, printer accessories, printing preparation and printing management software. The firm also offers a proprietary line of engineering grade composite materials for use in FDM printers, and they license, customize and supports OEM printer manufacturers and commercial end user organizations.
The company's latest effort is the FilaOne Advanced Composite Filament System for desktop 3D printers, a strong, versatile printing material system comprised of an integrated filament and printing platform sheet system formulated to work in conjunction to improve part adhesion during printing.
The system solves three common problems with current desktop 3D printers by improving the mechanical strength of the printed part, minimizing the impact of humidity on the printing process and improving the adhesion of the part during the printing process.
FilaOne GREEN Advanced Composite Filament for Desktop 3D printers will be the first in this new line of engineering grade materials and it's scheduled for release in August.
Avante says the new material system will enable users to step away from conceptual prototyping and go directly to functional prototypes strong enough for limited use testing and perhaps even full production of simple objects.
Stronger and more resilient than ABS and PLA, Avante says the material is safer and easier to print with than ABS or nylon and has the additional benefit of being impervious to moisture and humidity.
"Users will be able to create stronger, more useful objects, similar to what can be done on far more expensive industrial grade FDM printers. Engineers and manufacturers now can use affordable desktop printers to create useful working prototypes – and even some simple production parts – for fast time-to-market without spending tens of thousands of dollars on an industrial grade printer," says Robert Zollo, CEO and Founder of Avante Technology.
And unlike the common ABS and nylon which can give off noxious gasses during the printing process, Zollo says FilaOne GREEN is nearly odorless when printing and that the materials in FilaOne GREEN will also safely degrade into eco-friendly residue in a landfill over time.
The new filament and printing sheets will be available in both 3 mm and 1.75 mm and two FilaOne Printing Adhesion Sheets are included with each 1kg reel of filament. The product is available in natural and green colors, and they say additional colors are planned for release in Q4 2014.
You can check out the new filament and printing sheets during a special preview at the 3D Printer World Expo, August 22-23 in Bellevue, Washington. Pricing and availability will be announced at the show as well.