The Zortrax Endureal 3D printer is now compatible with the flame-retardant BASF Ultrafuse PPSU filament. The material was introduced in long-term cooperation with BASF Forward AM and expands the broad Endureal material portfolio, which also includes technical filaments and high-performance polymers such as PEEK and PEI.
The high-performance polymer features heat and chemical resistance and is particularly suitable for applications in the railroad, aerospace and hydraulics industries.
The Ultrafuse PPSU filament complies with the EN 45545-2 railroad standard, allowing it to be used in the manufacture of rail vehicles and minimizing the risk of fire spread during fire incidents.
“BASF Ultrafuse PPSU is a high-performance material developed by BASF Forward AM specifically for extrusion-based 3D printing in railroad applications. This 3D printing filament passed numerous fire tests in line with the European railway standard (EN 45545-2), ensuring it is safe to manufacture such components as air ducts on locomotives, flaps, grilles, or streamlining parts. These all can be successfully 3D printed on Zortrax Endureal with PPSU, provided the filament is dried properly before use, and the printer’s build platform is covered with Magigoo HT adhesive”, underlines Daniel Dudenko, Senior 3D Printing Tester in Research and Development Department at Zortrax.
In addition to outstanding dimensional accuracy, the new filament impresses with its resistance to high temperatures, steam and various chemicals, which also makes it ideal for aerospace and mechanical engineering applications.