Market: Wood-plastic composites
Posted April 16, 2018
UPM has launched UPM Formi 3D, a new biocomposite material for 3D Printing, company announced. The new material brings together advanced cellulose fibre and biopolymer technologies. With a matte finish and a surface that feels natural to the touch, filaments for 3D printing can be produced in light colours as well as dark. UPM Formi 3D has been engineered to flow smoothly through small nozzles enabling fine details. At the same time, new material's fast cooling and low shrinkage ensures improved dimensional stability and makes it the ideal material for large scale printing.UPM Formi 3D's self-supporting molten stage properties enable round or other complex shapes to be produced without a separate support material. Wood like post processing of prints is another benefit of the new biocomposite: fine sanding, reduced paint absorption and easy to glue with PVAC. UPM Formi 3D is produced and sold in granule form to producers of filaments for 3D printing or directly for large scale printing from granules. Typical UPM Formi 3D end use applications are prototypes, design, education and concept modules e.g. for architecture. UPM Formi grades are available with FSC® and PEFC(TM) certification.On the 18 and 19 April 2018, UPM Formi 3D will be presented at the NORDIC 3D EXPO at the Dipoli Conference Center in Espoo in Finland. At the exhibition, UPM Biocomposites and Maker3D will be pleased to provide further information as well as material samples, filaments and demonstrate live printing.