Albis Plastic - functional compounds for 3D printing

There are currently three major methods which stand out in the 3D printing market which are extremely interesting for the plastics industry. In addition to the powder-based SLS (selective laser sintering) method, there are two processing techniques which are based on melt processing of thermoplastics in granulate form.

One method involves melting of granules which are then fed directly the printing head, whereas the FLM method (fused layer modelling) is based on extruded filaments which are melt processed in the 3D printer. The geometries to be created are then built up layer by layer.

ALBIS focuses on the FLM method. One of the main reasons for this is great number of printer systems with an open material interface which are also available for material developers and suppliers. This has led to a rapid rise in developments in the FLM printer market and enables compounders such as ALBIS PLASTIC to develop materials from which extruders can make thermoplastic filaments, that are then sold on the market.

“Whilst ABS and PLA initially established themselves as standard polymers for printing, demand for plastics for technical applications is now on the rise as well. We see growing demand for functional compounds, in particular for technical components,” explains Thies Wrobel, Product Specialist for Alcom and Tedur at Albis. The portfolio includes the following:

  • ALCOM WP (Wear Protect tribological compounds) for low-wear and friction-optimized applications such as sliders, bearings and bushings
  • ALCOM Lighting, especially ALCOM LB (Light Blocking), for applications with increased reflection and/or light transmission
  • ALCOM TC (Thermally Conductive) for increased heat dissipation from housings or LED reflectors
  • ALCOM CFX (Color Effects, “metal look-alike”) for substituting painting and coating and other decorative post processing techniques to achieve metallic surfaces

These compounds known from injection molding and extrusion methods are specifically modified for 3D printing and marketed at ALBIS under the brand name ALCOM 3D. Focuses include: High manufacturing quality in printing and filament production, integrated functions, specified material properties and materials for functional components. Furthermore, ALBIS also develops materials in the field of SLS methods and for processing procedures based on directly fused plastic granulate.

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Albis (UK) Ltd

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