Verbatim has announced the launch of DURABIOTM filament for 3D FFF printing, a transparent bio-based engineering material developed by Mitsubishi Chemical which combines the properties of Polycarbonate (PC) and Polymethacrylate (PMMA). The result is a material that has excellent optical and mechanical properties, high heat, scratch and abrasion resistance and superb light transmission and UV resistance. The filament will be available in transparent and high gloss piano black and piano white.
Mitsubishi Chemical originally developed DURABIOTM as a glass substitute and it has already been adopted in the automotive and mobile phone industries for items such as touch screens, console and dashboard trims and exterior radiator grilles. DURABIOTM is BPA free and is based on a renewable source, using isosorbide as the main monomer, making it particularly attractive to environmentally aware customers. By making it available as a 3D printable material, designers can now more easily develop functioning models or prototypes using the same material that will be used for mass production.
“Verbatim’s goal is to drive new markets within the 3D printing industry and a key part of this is the introduction of specialist 3D printing materials that have been developed by Mitsubishi Chemical with DURABIOTM being the latest exciting addition,” said Hidetaka Yabe, President of Verbatim GmbH.
Samples of DURABIOTM will be available at the FORMNEXT show for customer testing with mass volume shipments available from January 2019. Other new products soon to be introduced by Verbatim include PET-G and high speed PLA.