taulman3D ToolBox of 6 new materials!
taulman3D ToolBox of 6 new materials!
Fully Developed and tested 3D Printing materials to widen the possibilities of design, invention and art!
Fully Developed and tested 3D Printing materials to widen the possibilities of design, invention and art! Read more
About this project
6 New High Strength 3D Printing materials from taulman3D
These new materials are some of the most requested polymers by industry, designers, inventors and artists from around the world. They are bundled in a materials "ToolBox" to provide everyone a selection of specifications and capabilities to meet his or her needs.
The list includes:
Tritan is our new high tensile strength material. After initial testing by leading professionals in the 3D Printing community, "3D Printed" tritan samples were submitted to the St Louis test labs and we could not be more pleased with the results. Tensile Stress (PSI) of 6,600 lbs, Modulus (PSI) 53,000, E@B was 18.7% "When 3D Printed". The reports from testers continue to confirm that Tritan is the strongest material they have printed. To include bonding, bridging, non-stringing and extremely low warping.
From AOSmith Industrial Tooling Specialist Jeff Guisinger: Great printing characteristics stayed nice and flat @257C with PVA glue and bed at 60C parts are durable. We only have about 2 weeks testing on the floor with it, but I do see a demand.
From E3D Owner,Sanjay: Awesome! Really great to print, goes down clean, little ooze, great general printing characteristics in terms of bridging, ooze, ability to print quickly. The material is exceptionally tough, and simply will not crack along the layers despite much effort to do so.
FDA approved raw material
Excellent bonding makes for shatter proof parts.
Prints at ~270C on clean glass heated to 85C
A Plasticized Copolyamide TPE
An extremely flexible yet durable and strong TPE and nylon based material. PCTPE was designed to be both highly flexible, yet retain the durability of nylons. Single perimeter parts can be wadded into a ball, yet are difficult to stretch out of shape. With a lower printing temperature than our nylons, PCTPE easily prints on "Any" 3D printer at only 225C - 230C. While extremely flexible the nylon insures 1.75mm line is no problem for direct drive or bowdens feed systems. That determination was made by our testers as every sample of PCTPE sent out was 1.75mm.
From AOSmith Industries: PCTPE is ridged enough to hold its shape when welding yet flexible enough that it wont snap or break when the workers bump it against the table or apply side forces to handles.
Prints at 225C - 230C on glass w/PVA heated to 45C
Elongation @ Break = 370%+
Excellent bonding even at 0.3mm nozzle size.
ARCbio (tm) is a materials co-operation between the well known Aspen Materials, a division of Aspen Research Corporation, and taulman3D. ARCbio (tm)is a new high strength, crystal clear PMMA Alloy, compostable material. ARCbio is a very new polymer developed specifically for it's strength, clarity, and light transmission. Aspen Research and taulman3D have worked to define the best combinations of viscosity and bonding specifically for 3D Printing. The natural color of ARCbio is clear and Aspen Research has worked to develop a PLA the stays clear during thermal processing, thus eliminating the common "yellow tinge" seen in other PLAs. Unlike t-glase, ARCbio (tm)is more optically transmissive rather than reflective. Aspen Research and taulman3D have the same goals for PLA materials. To make the strongest material possible with outstanding optical properties while maintaining the Biodegradable nature of the material. Samples of ARCbio (tm) have been printed and sent to the St Louis Labs. We expect results towards the end of the Kickstarter and will post within the Updates. Non-3DPrint testing shows ARCbio to be 5%-10% stronger than PET.
Prints at 205C to 210C on clean glass/acrylic or warm bed with Kapton/Blue Painters tape.
FDA approved raw material
An extremely tough PETG polymer with full FDA approved raw polymer documentation and certification. Tech-G will be released as a technical "Fully Documented" material with the intent to provide Engineers, Design houses and Industry with a material that comes with hundreds of specifications as to strength, chemical resistance, Worldwide certifications and technical data sheets. A simple scan of the QR code on our label will take you directly to our documentation site for Tech-G . You'll be able to D/L all of the documentation provided from the Chemical Company and the St. Louis Test Labs. Working with one of the largest Chemical companies offering PETG variants, we have selected and tested the one chemical configuration that provides the best viscosity, lowest shrinkage and best bonding for 3D Printing. We named this polymer Tech-G as a material that needs to meet these requirements to support your designs and ideas.
Nylon 680 FDA
After almost a year of testing by users worldwide, nylon 680 FDA approved raw material polymer is ready for release. Nylon 680 is an extremely tough semi transparent line with one of the highest impact ratings and least shrinkage of all of the taulman3D nylon materials. Nylon 680 FDA will have "traceability" via QR codes. Nylon 680 is currently under evaluation for CE Dental use.
From Johannes Weithas KG, Thies Elteste: "Our printing tests with Taulman 680 FDA have been extremely promising. The material exhibited unseen material properties, showing both toughness and flexibility at the same time. In addition, the surface resolution was by far exceeding our expectations. We are excited to further pursue the application of Taulman 680 in the dental field."
Print temperature is 245C
FDA approved raw material
Double Vacuum sealed
BIO-G is a new BPETG that has significant biodegradable features. When your design, idea or invention requires a biodegradable super tough polymer, one that you can count on to survive significant shock and resist harsh chemicals, BIO-G is there to support you. BIO-G is relatively new on the market and has gone through significant testing to meet several certifications. Like all taulman3D materials, you can count on printing huge pieces with no delamination.
FDA approved raw material
Prints at ~238C on glass heated to 45C with a coat of PVA
ToolBox Thermal Specs
Initial Specifications when 3D Printed. As noted, some are still at the test facility.
Some of the Printers used by our local testers in the St Louis area. There were hundreds of samples sent out and a long list of printers used by industry and the 3D Printing community. NOTE The "X" means they received the noted material. Not all materials went out to all testers as the sample runs came in at different times. No "X" simply means "that tester did not receive that material".
How did these and other taulman3D materials come about...?
In addition to our interest in materials, like you, we are makers! And in 2011 taulman3D began contacting likely industrial customers for one of our mechanical designs that we believed would make a strong 3D Printed part for industrial enclosures. When we contacted these customers, we were given a polite nod, but no true commitment to use 3D Printed parts in an industrial assembly. Our day of awakening came from an industrial design manager for a well-known pump and fittings firm. He explained, "When anyone brings us a 3D printed part and we see even the slightest delamination or the part breaks into layers.....to you, it's one visible flaw. To us, it's one visible flaw and 800 other flaws (layers) that are hidden". "It is most likely that 3D Printed parts will initially be used internal to an assembly and as such, they will be used as mechanical supporting members. These are the parts that will take the greater amount of shock and vibration. The next greatest concern is, "Just where did these raw materials come from, and can we count on them being available in the future?" So...When you can bring us a part that tests for minimal break along a seam, has high resistance to shock and vibration, and comes as a known brand or industrial reference, then we will take notice."
After eight months of testing 17 co-polymer combinations, 6 nylon base variants and 1,400+ delamination tests, we released Nylon 618 to the 3D Printing community. A high strength nylon with an inter-layer positive bonding that performed exactly as requested. And industry did indeed take notice. To the point where they came back to us requesting an even stronger nylon and most important to Industry....Non-destructive evaluation. taulman3D responded with the release of semi-transparent Nylon 645. Today Nylon 645 has the highest impact resistance when 3D Printed on 3D Printers that we know of. Now sold on 20 lb spools as well as our 1 pound spools, Nylon 645 is used by hundreds of industrial users and is considered the go-to nylon for "3D Forging/Printing" at quick turn design shops.
While successful, it was a tough learning experience. It prepared us to ask the right questions of chemical companies and extrusion houses. Our path in the development of nylon 618 included thousands of tests and untold hours on 3D Printers. What we found was that while several companies manufactured one type of nylon for injection molding and one type nylon for formed extrusion, none of those nylons would avoid the issues associated with a die-less process, i.e. 3D Printing. Specifically, the huge pressures involved in standard manufacturing processes "masked" minor inconsistencies that were detrimental to 3D Printing. And it was at that point, we had to go directly to the chemical company for help.
With follow on releases of t-glase and "Bridge", We have driven a stake in the ground to industry. One that says "Here are materials you can come back to time and again and be assured of consistent results". While this is important to industrial users, it is just as important to you because we believe that the future will require experience with known materials.
Why We Need Your Support
The minimum purchase requirements are significant for specialized polymers. With 1, 2 and in some cases 3 ton minimum buys, our ability to bring you these great new materials would otherwise take about three years. Because these materials were developed specifically for 3D Printing with the direct help of the chemical companies, they require specific production runs. Most chemical companies can produce small runs within their R&D labs of 50-250 lbs. But we will need to buy tons and to do so is a significant investment.
Your support will be a "foot in the door" to the chemical companies. As an example, when we released nylon 618 and nylon 645, at first, we were a "niche" customer. However, with the help of the 3D printing community and 34 tons in nylon sales, we are now a significant customer and have greater access to top tier chemists/Co's. And that new relationship brought about our "Bridge" nylon. Effectively lowering the entry price to printing with high strength nylon. So this works both ways. When you and others use these materials, the chemical companies take notice. And as they do, they come back to us with information or new developments. Why is that important...? It means the technology isn't driving you....rather you are driving the technology....
The most important fact that our Kickstarter supporters should know is that these materials, like all taulman3D materials, are fully developed and community tested. We have always sampled out taulman3D materials prior to release. This means "we" do the real world testing, not you! The materials you see in this KS are right here, right now, but in a very limited quantity. They have been in the 3D Printers of Professionals worldwide for months and minor modifications retested.
The exceptional growth in new and consumer friendly 3D Printers means there is a strong community of makers, designers, inventors and artists that desire to create! We want to insure that everyone has access to a wealth of materials and that as the technology continues to improve, you are not relegated to a one-size-fits-all-needs material. To be blunt, your individual creativity is important, not only to you, but to others that share your desire to create.
Risks and challenges
We believe the challenges don't stop as we manufacture materials. We believe there's a complete path from the raw chemicals to your 3D Printer.
We have already received written confirmation that all chemicals will be available from 1 ton to a minimum of 60 tons over a 6 month manufacturing cycle. We are working closely with 4 chemical companies to bring you this unique selection of materials.
taulman3D has never depended on small extrusion houses to meet the needs of a fast moving technology. Having shipped over 56 tons of 3D Printing materials since our first release, working with the experts is a requirement. We work directly with the proven manufacturers in their specialty and form a relationship of technical cooperation.
taulman3D enjoys an excellent relationship with Desert Extrusion Corporation. Desert Extrusion Corporation is a privately held corporation that has been manufacturing the finest of extruded nylon monofilaments in Phoenix, Arizona for more than 20 years. Their reputation for quality extends throughout the world and their products are traded wherever demand for superior performance is required. Their development engineers have consistently sought to develop proprietary nylon raw materials that simply outperform all others. These raw materials, combined with the most advanced extrusion technology and understanding of specific market demands all contribute to their industry standing and reputation for quality. All Desert Extrusion extruded products are manufactured in the USA from American raw materials.
taulman3D also enjoys an excellent relationship with Sinclair & Rush Industries.
Sinclair & Rush, Inc., founded in 1950, is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of extruded product solutions to the world’s leading manufacturing companies. Quality products, superior customer service and state-of-the-art extrusion technology contributes to the high standards at Sinclair & Rush, and a reputable standing throughout the industry. The company has distribution and manufacturing capabilities on a global scale with operations on four continents. Sinclair & Rush corporate offices are located in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Our third manufacturer is FBK Medical Tubing.
FBK Medical Tubing has been a trusted manufacturer specializing in the extrusion of thermoplastic materials used in numerous markets in and surrounding the medical industry. With an eye on quality and conformance due to the work in the medical field, the product offering has continually expanded over the years to include many types of filament materials. This high quality focus is enhanced with an eye to lean manufacturing practices creating a perfect mix of reliability, quality, and low cost filament offerings.
The taulman3D down-spool facility is located near St Louis. While some of our materials are down-spooled at our manufacturers, some are down-spooled locally.
The Rewards are set up as to earliest ship date. Early supporters are set to receive a Toolbox of 6 each one pound spools of a combination of materials determined by survey.
For Shipping the 144 spools reward outside of the USA, please contact us for various carrier rates as they often change for larger shipments.
Shipping to you:
We currently use UPS, USPS and FEDeX for shipping. We now ship 1,200 - 2000 pounds of 3D printing materials every two weeks to users in the US, Peru, Russia, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, and most countries in Europe. From individual users that need just one product to 3D Printing portals that need a pallet of various materials. There is a dedicated worldwide network of taulman3D resellers that work directly with us to help users.
We have decided to be "incremental" on all new chemical purchasing. While we have had initial test runs and sent samples to experts in the 3D Printing community as well as industry, we have decided to purchase chemicals in progressive lots/quantities. While we need your help on minimum purchase quantities, it would not be easy to reach a qty tier that lowers the price. When asked, the chemical companies ask us.. "How many 55 ton rail cars do you have?". Therefore we will buy in one/two/three ton lots and as each material continues to meet consistency requirements, we would then only increase the number of orders rather than the weight. This is to insure that if there is a dispute or unplanned change in polymer, your funds are not held captive to resolution and we can move to re-run a single batch or make polymer corrections.
We are extremely pleased to work with the manufacturers listed above. They are professionals and work closely with taulman3D on production as well as any issues on a first name basis.
Our manufacturers will be receiving the chemicals in the lots noted above as well as shipping in these lots to our facility. We have 3D printers at our receiving facility and will be in a position to quarantine a shipment for specification problems. Again, this only ties up a limited run of a specific batch, rather than an entire KS order.
The most significant risk to our supporters is inconsistencies in the final product. We believe we have manufacturing covered. That leaves quality as the final concern. All materials will be available in both 1.75mm and 3mm sizes. The new specification we use for 3mm is actually 2.85mm +/- .1mm rather than 3mm. The remaining concern is to include additional sensors to insure we get as close to an 1.75mm +/- .1mm value as we possibly can. While this is rather easy for ABS and HIPs, the taulman3D materials will present more of a challenge and this is where we will expend most of our day-to-day efforts.
#1. Where "FDA" is noted, it is a reference to the raw materials (UN-Processed Pellets). While taulman3D and our extrusion partners make every effort to eliminate and minimize contamination, we make no explicit claim/guarantee of "fit for" food or beverage contact "end-use". Nylon 680, ARCbio, TECH-G and BIO-G will have "traceability". In addition, plans are underway to assign serial numbers to spools of Nylon 680. As 3DP technology matures, we expect industry and consumers to have a voice in packaging, distribution and manufacturing methods of 3D Printing materials. We look forward to working with those entities to bring you the best high strength materials possible.
#2. 3D Printing requires these materials to be heated to temperatures from 198C to 260C+. Please observe all safety notices defined by your printer mfg.
#3. NOTE on Reward #5....While we have great extrusion partners, taulman3D does not own those facilities. If rewards exceed our current plan, we will ship on your position. Or...First in, first out.
#4. All materials are extruded in the USA. All raw materials are manufactured in the USA except BIO-G. BIO-G pellets are manufactured in S. Korea and shipped to one of our extrusion house here in the US.
Risks and challenges
All of these materials have completed development and are now in the hands of testers worldwide. As this considerably reduces any risk, the challenges would be again to insure quality of the delivered product.
As we move forward, you will start to see comments on blogs and forums from those that have helped us in this huge effort. Our sincere thanks goes out to everyone, everywhere that gave of their time and effort to test and report back on these materials!
Along with prompt delivery, we will be focused daily on meeting specification.
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