Since it launched its first high-strength 3D printing material — the 618 Nylon Co-Polymer — last October, taulman3D has continued to strengthen its reputation as a developer of 3D printing materials. The company has, since that time, grown from a single web store to being included on the stock lists of major resellers around the world. The second material, 645 nylon, another very high strength material was added to the taulman 3D printing material portfolio back in May.
And now, taulman3D is introducing another high strength, translucent 3D printing material, specifically aimed at 3D printer users that print with PLA or lower temperature 3D printers. In a deviation from taulman3D’s typical material names, this new material is called “t-glase”. But there’s a story behind that — it was actually released to testers as “taulman 810”, which makes more sense albeit a tad boring with no indication of the material’s purpose. It was the testers and some industrial customers that brought about the name change, based on its properties, and it quickly became known among them as t-glase — and it stuck.
Demand from the 3D printing community is what has driven the development of t-glase based on the strongest of the PETT polymer combinations available. The result is a very strong, clear, and stiff material that is notably different from taulman3D nylons.
In terms of temperature, the optimum temperature range for t-glase is 212–224˚C, but testing has shown that it will print down to 207˚C and up to about 235˚C. t-glase is also FDA approved for direct food contact/containers. Furthermore, while t-glase is not biodegradable like PLA, it is a material that is considered to 100% reclaimable. Thus the new “struders” that convert failed prints back to usable line work perfectly with t-glase. The clarity of t-glase supports industry requirements for non-destructive evaluation of 3D printed parts and with very low shrinkage, it makes printing large flat surfaces a breeze.
A further, rather appropriate and timely bonus is that this new material produces no odours or fumes when printing.
An extra snippet of information from taulman3D also sees Richard Horne (aka RichRap) signing on with taulman3D as a colour expert to provide direction on an initial colour set and applicable pigments. So, definitely more to come ….