Spectrum Filaments expands into America and releases two medical materials for FFF 3D printing

Polish 3D printing filament manufacturer Spectrum Filaments has made a couple of announcements regarding its materials for FFF 3D printing. 

Firstly, the expansion of the company’s global distribution network into the North and South American markets. Spectrum has partnered with the American branch of Polish 3D printer manufacturer 3DGence to act as the company’s official Master Distributor for the region. It is now the sole supplier of filaments from Spectrum on both continents. 

Additionally, Spectrum has launched two new filaments intended for medical and engineering applications – ABS Medical and PETG FX120. Both these materials are flexible with high-temperature resistance.

A collaboration between Spectrum Filaments and 3DGence. Image via Spectrum Filaments.
A collaboration between Spectrum Filaments and 3DGence. Image via Spectrum Filaments.

Who are Spectrum Filaments?

Founded in 2015, Spectrum Filaments is a family-owned company based in Pecice, near Warsaw, specializing in the development of consumables for FFF 3D printers

The company offers a large selection of filaments, with a number of different options for PLA, ABS, polyester, flexible, polyamide and support materials. 

Spectrum is also focused on researching and developing innovative materials for specific applications. For example, in 2015 the company launched a number of PLA filaments in a “Stone Age” color. These filaments have a unique appearance, akin to stone with embedded black grains. Additionally, for the recent Formnext 2019, Spectrum co-presented a series of ceramic filaments with German high tech ceramic enterprise SiCeram. The range consisted of four different materials, from high strength corrosion resistant Silicon Carbide (SSiC), to heat conductive and electrical insulating Aluminum Oxide.

Stone age filaments from Spectrum. Photo via Spectrum Filaments.
Stone age filaments from Spectrum. Photo via Spectrum Filaments.

Spectrum’s new ABS Medical filament is designed specifically for medical 3D printing applications. It is made from ABS Granulate, a material that meets the requirements of biological compliance of USP certificates in class VI or ISO 10993-1, according to Spectrum. It is also approved for contact with food according to EU standards No. 10/20111 and 21 CFR FDA. As such, the material is targeting applications including 3D printing light dentures and support structures for rehabilitation.

The other new filament from Spectrum – PET-G FX120 – is a flexible material intended for engineering applications. Its key properties include durability and strength, enabling the production of functional parts characterized by dimensional stability and flexibility. Items produced with the material are also temperature resistant up to 120°C.

ABS Medical filament. Photo via Spectrum Filaments.
ABS Medical filament. Photo via Spectrum Filaments.

The global network of 3DGence

3DGence America will be building and supporting Spectrum’s distributor and reseller network in the Americas markets. A manufacturer of high-performance 3D printers for various industries including automotive, aerospace, high-tech and consumer products, 3DGence has a number of facilities in Europe and the USA, providing global coverage for its products and services. As well as 3D printers, the company develops and provides materials and 3D printer accessories

For distributing Spectrum’s filaments, 3DGence’s Americas headquarters will cover North, Central, and South America, and it also has a fully operational facility centrally located in Dallas which will provide the Spectrum filament portfolio and services.

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Featured image shows ABS Medical filament. Photo via Spectrum Filaments.