UPM introduces new Formi 3D biocomposite material for 3D printing

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UPM introduces new Formi 3D biocomposite material for 3D printing

April 16, 2018 - 06:08
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HELSINKI, April 16, 2018 (Press Release) -UPM Formi 3D is a new type of biocomposite that has been specially developed for 3D printing. It 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. The new material has been engineered to flow smoothly through small nozzles enabling fine details. At the same time, UPM Formi 3D'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.

UPM Biocomposites

UPM Biocomposites creates value from renewable and recyclable materials by combining expertise and technologies within fibre based engineered materials businesses. UPM Biocomposites consists of UPM ProFi outdoor products for construction and UPM Formi granulates for injection moulding and extrusion. UPM Biocomposites factories are located in Finland and Germany.

UPM

UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. UPM provides sustainable and safe solutions to the growing global consumer demand. Products are made of renewable and recyclable materials. The group employs around 19,100 people worldwide and its annual sales are approximately EUR 10 billion. UPM shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki. UPM - The Biofore Company - www.upm.com

Maker 3D

Maker 3D is a Finnish designing and manufacturing company for 3D printed products and services with fast delivery times. The company distributes also a range of top brands for desktop printing and is located in Helsinki.

NORDIC3DEXPO

NORDIC3DEXPO, is an international trade fair for 3D printing and 3D technologies. The exhibition will take place from 18 to 19 April 2018 at the renewed Dipoli Conference Centre in Espoo, in conjunction with the FIRPA 20th anniversary conference. The target visitor groups are companies that use 3D printing and technologies as well as researchers, students and hobbyists in the 3D technology sector.