World’s first 3D printable PVC filament
3D Vinyl developed by Chemson
Arnoldstein, September 2016. Chemson, world market leader and innovative manufacturer of polymer additives, has succeeded in developing the world’s first PVC filament (print material) for 3D printing. With this, all the advantages of the sustainable material of PVC can soon also be used in 3D manufacturing. The internationally active company with headquarters in Arnoldstein, Austria, has once again demonstrated its performance potential and its high degree of innovation.
From architectural models, to sports mouth guards, to the production of prototypes in the automotive industry – the applications of 3D production grow from year to year. The process of 3D printing is becoming a “game changer”, especially in the commercial world. The advantages: 3D models can be made and modified quickly and economically, whereby product and design errors are identified earlier on and development costs lowered.
All-around talent PVC – now also for 3D printing
Thanks to its diverse material properties, PVC is one of the most important plastics on the market. The material is characterized by various possibilities of use and stands out with a long life, sturdiness, a good price-performance ratio and a high level of recyclability. Nevertheless, thus far there has not been any opportunity to utilize the advantages of PVC for 3D printing. Chemson worked on the development of a PVC-filament for over two years. “We are convinced that in the future prototyping will take place mainly by means of 3D printing and we wanted to be part of this from the start. We are proud that our research department has succeeded in developing a formulation for a 3D filament made from PVC. 3D Vinyl provides all the advantages of this material” notes Alexander Hofer, CSO of the Chemson Group.
3D Vinyl – recyclable PVC formulation
The Chemson 3D Vinyl formulation was developed specifically for the manufacturing industry sector. 3D Vinyl shows its advantages, especially when printing support structures, and is therefore particularly suitable for the production of end components as well as prototypes. The advantages of PVC are fully preserved in the 3D Vinyl formula. This makes the printing products cheaper than, for example, using metal molds, with the advantage that the end product is also durable, UV-resistant, weatherproof and fireproof (Fire Class 1). The ecological footprint is also impressive with a high level of recyclability.
Chemson – Leading manufacturer of PVC stabilizers
The Chemson Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of PVC stabilizers in the plastics processing industry. Chemson products include additives and auxiliary materials that are used in a variety of end products. Through the various combinations of Chemson additives, a wide range of established end products can be produced such as, low-maintenance window profiles, robust PVC pipes, on-board electrical systems, ultra-thin packaging film or innovative flooring. With the development of the 3D Vinyl formulation, Chemson now wants to broaden the applications of 3D printing.