15 Nov 2017
SABIC Debuts Tough High-Impact LEXAN™ EXL Filament for Fused Deposition Modeling at Formnext 2017
New Product Is the First in an Upcoming Series of Differentiated Materials to Help Expand the Application Space for Additive Manufacturing
Frankfurt, Germany, November 15, 2017 - SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, is launching here at Formnext 2017, in stand 3.1-G78, new LEXAN™ EXL AMHI240F filament. This unique product is based on SABIC’s LEXAN™ EXL polycarbonate (PC) copolymer technology, which delivers high impact performance and low-temperature ductility. The new filament addresses the need for higher-performing materials in the industrial sector, and is designed for use in Stratasys® Fortus® Classic industrial printers. It is a potential material of choice for demanding aerospace, consumer electronics and automotive applications. LEXAN™ EXL AMHI240F filament is the first of several new materials with distinctive performance characteristics that the company plans to launch in the coming year.
“LEXAN™ EXL AMHI240F filament is an excellent example of how SABIC is delivering on its promise to help our customers lead the additive manufacturing industry into the future by providing the high-performance filament technologies they need to succeed,” said Stephanie Gathman, director, Emerging Applications, SABIC. “By raising the bar with new additive manufacturing products that perform better than currently available materials, we are opening up new possibilities and allowing OEMs to meet the specification requirements of their applications.”
High Toughness, High Strength
New LEXAN™ EXL AMHI240F filament features a high level of toughness, as well as improved ductility at room temperature and at temperatures down to -30 °C. Compared to standard PC, this material delivers up to four times better notched Izod impact at room temperature, and up to three times better at -30 °C, depending on print orientation. LEXAN™ EXL filament has a heat deflection temperature of 140 °C, which is higher than that of general-purpose acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) filaments. This makes the new SABIC filament a great candidate for use in applications that operate at elevated temperatures.
LEXAN™ EXL AMHI240F filament complies with Underwriters Laboratories’ UL94 V-0 flammability standard at 3.0 mm in flat (XY) and on-edge (XZ) orientations, making it appropriate for a broad range of applications requiring fire resistance. It is available globally for sampling. It is initially offered in black, with plans to launch additional colors, including white, in the near future.
Processing at Standard Print Settings
The new product is the first LEXAN™ EXL-based filament commercially available for use in Stratasys® Fortus® Classic printers, as well as other printers with sufficient temperature capability and an open-format architecture. The material processes at standard Stratasys® print settings for PC.
Filament specifications are:
- 1.79 mm +/- 0.05 mm diameter
- 1510 cc / spool
The LEXAN™ EXL AMHI240F filament supplements the portfolio of six filament products for Stratasys® Fortus® Classic printers that SABIC launched in May 2017.
Concept parts printed with the new filament to demonstrate its high-performance features, including a compact drone design and a hockey face mask, are on display at SABIC’s booth. An additional exhibit at the company’s stand highlights the product’s improved ductility when subjected to destructive part testing.
In 2018, SABIC plans to launch several more differentiated products based on its high-performance materials portfolio, including filaments based on ULTEM™ polyetherimide (PEI) and EXTEM™ thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resins. The new filaments are designed for applications that require higher temperature performance.
In addition to innovative materials, the company offers expertise and resources for design, application development and testing for additively manufactured parts. Importantly, SABIC’s filament solutions offer a single chain of custody from raw materials through filament supply.
SABIC representatives are available throughout Formnext 2017 to discuss the company’s products, services and capabilities for additive manufacturing. Formnext runs Nov. 14-17, 2017, at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany.
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SABIC is a global leader in diversified chemicals headquartered in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We manufacture on a global scale in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific, making distinctly different kinds of products: chemicals, commodity and high performance plastics, agri-nutrients and metals.
We support our customers by identifying and developing opportunities in key end markets such as construction, medical devices, packaging, agri-nutrients, electrical and electronics, transportation and clean energy.
SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 17.8 billion (US$ 4.8 billion) in 2016. Sales revenues for 2016 totalled SR 132.8 billion (US$ 35.4 billion). Total assets stood at SR 316.9 billion (US$ 84.5 billion) at the end of 2016. Production in 2016 stood at 72.7 million metric tons.
SABIC has more than 35,000 employees worldwide and operates in more than 50 countries. Fostering innovation and a spirit of ingenuity, we have 12,191 global patent filings, and have significant research resources with innovation hubs in five key geographies – USA, Europe, Middle East, South Asia and North Asia.
The Saudi Arabian government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent publicly traded on the Saudi stock exchange.