Reinventing 3D printing with polypropylene with the new PP·3D filament from Recreus.
“PP·3D is a pretty potent material. The thermoplastic par excellence with a fantastic applicability in many types of industries, delivering excellent and proven solutions during the current COVID-19 crisis”.
At Recreus we have expanded our product portfolio with new materials, in this case with the launch of our PP·3D polypropylene filament for 3D printing. This is a high-impact, chemical-resistant and durable polypropylene that is very easy to print and boasts an excellent processability. All this is possible thanks to the cutting-edge ‘primer’ that comes with the PP·3D polypropylene filament, which has also been developed to apply before printing. This delivers maximum adhesion of the material onto the bed and optimal results by combining both materials.
«PP·3D is the only solution on the market that includes a specific ‘primer’ allowing the polypropylene filament to be easily and successfully printed».
Filament spool and ‘primer’ in the same pack
The PP·3D filament spool is accompanied by a ‘primer’, which must be applied to the surface of the printer before each print to obtain the best result, thereby avoiding any problem of warping or deformation while printing the filament.
Development in collaboration with our shareholder Repsol
Developed together with the multinational company Repsol, an expert in the manufacture of polyolefins and a shareholder of Recreus, PP·3D complies with European directives on food contact materials. This material, produced at an average resolution of 0.2 mm of layer height, achieves similar finishing results to injected parts.
«PP·3D complies with European directives on food contact materials».
Advantages of the ‘primer’
What’s more, the operating mode of the ‘primer’ is the exact opposite to any other ‘primer’ currently the market. The Recreus PP·3D ‘primer’ reaches its maximum adhesion at 40°C and peels off at 80°C. This means that we can work at a low temperature with the heated bed and therefore reduce energy consumption and the thermal fatigue that our printer may suffer.
The successful printing of items lies in the perfect combination and the application of this ‘primer’ together with the filament. It is very important to read and follow the instructions for use before printing.
Properties of PP·3D
What characteristics does this material have?
- High impact
- Chemical resistant
- No toxic
- Good adhesion between printing layers
- Easy to print
- Low warping or deformation
- Smooth finish
- Suitable for food contact
- Durable and strong
Advantages of PP·3D
What does this material have that other polypropylenes do not have?
- Ease of printing thanks to the ‘primer’ 3D that we have developed and accompanies the filament specifically developed for this PP.
- Low warping.
- Possibility of working the hot table at low temperature, which means a reduction in energy consumption and thermal fatigue of the printer.
What can I use this material for?
Its chemical resistance makes it ideal for 3D printing:
- Bottles and containers as functional prototypes that may contain a liquid product.
- Parts that require low friction and heat resistance.
- High electrical resistance for good electrical insulation.
- Industrial tools and parts.
- Parts that must be resistant to salts, acids, solvents, greases and oils.
- Mechanical components.
- Parts that require sealing.