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3D Printing

Nature looks at greenhouse gases, like atmospheric carbon, as a feedstock, a raw material. It’s what trees, plants, or coral reefs are made from. At NatureWorks, we like to say that Mother Nature was the first to get into additive manufacturing. Now, using 3D filament made from Ingeo and the right 3D printer, you get to do the same thing.

Filament made from our specialized Ingeo PLA grades for 3D printing deliver properties and performance not found in other raw materials or PLA's. These grades can only be purchased directly from NatureWorks or through one of our authorized distributors.

Ingeo PLA Filament Performance

Performance Requirement Market Expectation Ingeo Performance ABS Performance
Temperature in printing Lower is better for safety and control 190-230°C possible, sharp melting behavior 230-250°C
Vapor or odor in printing, EH&S Low or no emissions / smell, small particulates Very low emissions & studies show lower particulate count Strong negative odor and higher particulate count
Heated build chamber Ideally not required & IP limits implementation for some users Does not require heated build chamber, but opportunity to leverage Required to avoid warping while mfg. larger parts
Fusing performance Fuses easily, sticks to self and build chamber Good fusing and build platform adhesion Difficult to stick to certain build platforms
Thermal shrinkage Low shrinkage Excellent, low shrink Warps on larger builds

Low Carbon Footprint

Made from greenhouse gases, Ingeo has a very low carbon footprint.

Ingeo in Use

We 3D printed an impeller on our new Ultimaker machine with Ingeo™ 3D870 PLA filament and the new Ingeo™ 3D450 break-away support.

A Case for Ingeo

3D printed bolus vs. standard vinyl gel sheet bolus for radiation therapy - who will be the victor? A new case study from Adaptiiv Technologies and Nova Scotia Health Authority tests a 3D printed blous versus a standard vinyl gel sheet bolus in postmastectomy chest wall radiation therapy. 

Read the Study

Our Recommended 3D Filament Suppliers

Our suppliers guide contains a curated list of global partners who make some of the best compounds and Ingeo PLA-based filament for 3D printing.

Relevant Technical Documents

  •  3D450 TDS (Break-away support grade)
  •  3D850 TDS (Optimized for 3D with excellent clarity faster crystallization, improved heat resistance)
  •  3D870 TDS (Optimized for 3D industrial applications with superior heat resistance & impact strength)