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 PLAs. 

Ingeo 3D Printing Grades

3D Printing

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.

Ingeo PLA for SLS Printing

NatureWorks and Jabil collaborated to offer PLA-based powder optimized for powder-bed fusion technologies. The new product, PLA 3110P, offers a cost-effective option with a lower sintering temperature and a smaller carbon footprint compared to a typical incumbent.

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Large Format Printing

Designed specifically for large format printing, Ingeo 3D700 delivers significant reduction in warping and improved interlayer adhesion, leading to minimized print failures. Optimized melt viscosity and microstructure allow for high throughput at a lower print temperature.
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Relevant Technical Documents

  •  3D450 TDS (Break-away support grade)
  •  3D700 TDS (Large format additive manufacturing)
  •  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)

Purchasing Ingeo Biopolymer

We have global sales teams ready to discuss ways Ingeo can be used in the products you produce. We currently ship to North America, South America, Europe, Japan, and Asia Pacific.

Our customer service and sales teams can assist in understanding more about Ingeo and its useful applications. Contact us now!

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