Czech manufacturer of filaments for the additive manufacturing space,
Filamentum is showcasing NonOilen Filament at the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
The polylactic acid/polyhydroxy butyrate blend (PLA/PHB) was created in partnership with the Sovak University of Technology is a hundred per cent biodegradable and can be recycled several times without losing any attributes.
The NonOilen is Filamentum’s first filament to be made entirely out of Hundred per cent bio-renewable sources,
in line with the firm’s aim of advancing the circular economy.
Josef Doleček, CEO and founder of Filamentum says.
” In general, the concept of sustainability and recyclability is becoming the number one topic in companies across all industry sectors.
Sustainability is one of the main principles of Filmentum,
which is ready to spread this respectful approach to the environment among other companies to enable a quality life for later generations.”
Mapping out the plastic
Almost every product we use in modern times relies on polymers in some way.
the development of conventional polymers requires oil, and almost everything ends up in landfills at the end of ts use case.
In the 3D print space, the most widely used polymer is PLA,
it is known for its cost-effectiveness and user-friendliness.
While PLA could be termed biodegradable, there is still required temperatures of around 60°C, a microbe-rich climate,
and certain humidity for degradation to occur.
These conditions are rare in nature,
breaking down PLA tends to involve an industrial composting plant.
Even then the degradation of PLA tends to be longer than regular biodegradable waster and there are leftover microplastics that are harmful to local ecosystems.
The Filmentum NonOilen Filament
Different from conventional PLA, Filamentum’s NonOilen Filament is made to be 100% biodegradable in domestic composting units within 90 days.
As well as no leftover microplastics,
The material can be recycled and reused in a consequent print job with minimal attribute loss.
it degrades three times as fast as PLA with help from the PHB component of the filament, which boosts biodegradability and mechanical properties.
NonOlien is primarily defined by its firmness, high strength and hardness.
..there is a temperature resistance of up to 110°C and according to Filmentum easy to print s PLA.
The material is safe for food contact use cases and can even be washed in a dishwasher.
Among a list of firms already using the material is Fremach, a supplier of polymer automotive components, and has used it to print parts including gears and control gauges.
BIcycle firmKCK CyKlosport is also backing the filament to 3Dprint parts for a new bicycle helmet prototype.
Miroslava Pribylova, Fremach’s process Engineer further adds
” ith green prototyping, classic materials such as PLA, PETG or CPE are replaced by fully biodegradable and recyclable NonOilen. the advantages of3 D printing are obvious and are growing more important to our business.
Filmentum’s ecological thinking inspires us to take our steps closer to nature.”
Filementum’s Dubai exhibition is set to be partly interactive,
This will involve a robotic arm developed in partnership with the Brno University of technology and its offshoot 3Depoition, which will 3Dprint NonOilen for the extent of the Expo 2020.
The company has designed a special version of NonOilen embedded with sand from Dubai especially because of the event.