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Floreon launches a new filament 'more durable than PLA'

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Written on 03/07/2015 | Posted 2 years 7 months 16 days ago

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The filament is available in red, blue, green, yellow, black and white The filament is available in red, blue, green, yellow, black and white

UK bioplastics firm Floreon has developed a 3D printing filament that it claims is four times more durable than PLA-based filaments.

Floreon3D comprises of a unique polyester-based polymer blend, which is tough and offers a matte finish for a smoother end product. The filament boasts the same sustainability benefits as PLA compared to mineral-based thermoplastics, including less energy usage and a lower overall carbon footprint.

The substance is designed to jet at a consistent diameter, while its creators promise fewer ruptures than PLA filament and no nozzle clogging. Floreon3D is available in six colours and is a fully biodegradable product.

"It has taken us five years but I'm pleased to say all the hard work has paid off and we have found the resulting product gives a smooth printing experience with excellent interlayer adhesion and is less likely to break than conventional PLA," states Dr Andrew Gill, technical director of Floreon.

"All this is achieved without compromising the attractive aspects of PLA such as low odour and low print temperatures." "We have begun to produce Floreon3D in commercial quantities and I am delighted to say that it is now available for end users to purchase on Amazon," adds Bill Stringer, commercial director of Floreon. "We will be working to extend the range of products over the coming year."

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