BigRep Expands Specialized Large-Format Materials Portfolio

The new materials—PLX, PET-CF, PA6/66 and BVOH—help support BigRep’s mission to provide environmentally-friendly engineering-grade materials to large-format additive manufacturing.

The new materials—PLX, PET-CF, PA6/66 and BVOH—help support BigRep’s mission to provide environmentally-friendly engineering-grade materials to large-format additive manufacturing.

BigRep, developer of large-format 3D printers and additive solutions, is debuting four new BigRep certified materials. The new materials—PLX, PET-CF, PA6/66 and BVOH—help support BigRep’s mission to provide environmentally-friendly engineering-grade materials to large-format additive manufacturing.

“These materials are specially designed to take full advantage of our large-format 3D printers’ speed, precision and quality,” says BigRep chief brand officer, Frank Marangell. “They are the result of combining our continuous, customer-focused experiences and extensive knowledge of materials to push the limits of AM even further.” 

BigRep PLX is a general-use bio-performance filament derived from organic compounds suited for open-environment 3D printing. It is best suited for design and functional prototyping.

The second new material, PET-CF, is a carbon fiber reinforced filament now introduced to BigRep’s line of engineering-grade materials for high-strength, large-format printing. PET-CF is capable of producing estrong, stiff parts with a fine surface finish and heat resistance up to 100 °C.

BigRep's PA6/66 is a durable, lightweight thermoplastic filament with high rigidity and resistance to heat and chemicals. Its high compatibility with machining and mechanical strength make it useful for many industrial applications like tooling, patterns, molds and end use parts, the company reports. 

BigRep's new BVOH support material is an advanced water-soluble filament that eliminates support-removal post-processing for complex 3D-printed parts. Due to BVOH's solubility and ability to support heavy prints, it is especially suited for printing complex, ready-to-use prototypes.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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