3Dom USA has launched a new bioplastic filament for the 3D printing market that is designed to bring together the easy processing of plant-based materials with a finish quality to match oil-based products. Made from plant starches, Biome3D is a biodegradable thermoplastic that combines easy processing and a superior print finish, while offering much higher print speeds.
John Schneider, President of 3Dom USA, explains: “At 3Dom USA we strive to offer innovative and environmentally-sound products that perform with the integrity of petroleum-based products. The Biome3D filament delivers just that. It’s very easy to work with, it’s a great alternative to PLA and it rivals ABS for when brittleness is an issue.”
Plant-based plastics are already a popular choice for 3D printing because they are much easier to work with during processing, and are food safe and virtually odor free. However, oil-based printing filaments are often still used because they have a higher softening point and make more flexible models that will bend before they break.
Biome3D combines the benefits of both, demonstrating that high performance plant-based plastics can be the ideal material for the 3D printing industry. The filament combines a superior finish and flexibility, with ease of processing and excellent printed detail. It can also run at much higher speeds on larger prints, reducing overall job times. Every spool is wound on 3Dom USA’s Eco-Spool, a first-of-its-kind product made of 100 percent compostable plastic.
The filament is made from materials produced by Biome Bioplastics, a UK company focused on high performance, plant-based plastics for a wide range of applications, from catering to electronics. Sales Director, Sally Morley comments: “Biome Bioplastics is committed to challenging the dominance of oil-based plastics and changing perceptions of the capabilities of biopolymers. Biome3D exemplifies that philosophy.”
3D printing has been heralded as an important step towards more sustainable manufacturing. Potential environmental benefits include reduced transport emissions from lighter materials that can be developed closer to point of purchase, more efficient use of raw materials, and reduced number of parts needed for assembly. 3D printing also gives the ability to produce products on demand and to customize and optimize parts to improve efficiency.
3Dom USA was founded in 2014 to be able to serve the 3D printing industry with high-quality, sustainable 3D printing materials. 3Dom USA was developed from the ground up for 3D printing, bringing a decade of 3D printing experience and over 40 years of plastics expertise together to achieve that goal. We look forward to creating a better 3D printing experience and to help 3D printers everywhere to Build Better.
3Dom USA commenced production in March 2014 and is a joint venture between 3Dom Filaments Ireland and Fargo 3D Printing of North Dakota, bringing together a decade of 3D printing experience and over 40 years of polymer and process expertise. Biome3D was launched last year in the UK and is now being manufactured in the USA by 3Dom USA.
Biome Bioplastics is one of the UK’s leading developers of intelligent, natural plastics. The company’s mission is to produce bioplastics that can challenge the dominance of oil-based polymers, and ultimately replace them completely. Biome Bioplastics develops high performance, plant-based plastics for a wide range of applications, from catering to electronics, changing perceptions of the capabilities of biopolymers.
Notes on the product
3Dom USA’s Biome3D filament is made to extremely tight tolerances. The two filament diameters, 1.75mm and 2.85mm, are manufactured using an in-line laser scanner to measure and control diameter and ovality tolerances of +/- 0.05mm (2.9% and 1.8% respectively).
Unlike any other filament manufacturers, filament diameter and ovality specs for each individual spool will be included in every 3Dom USA spool box. Customers no longer need to wonder if the filament they are purchasing is within tolerances, as they can verify right on the box.
Resellers on board
3Dom USA has attracted the attention of multiple 3D printing filament resellers. Filabits is a US-based filament sample supplier, selling small quantities of filament so that 3D printer operators can try a smaller quantity before committing to a full spool of material. Fargo 3D Printing, Monarch 3D Warehouse and Bilby 3D are also on board for Biome3D. More resellers are being added weekly. A complete reseller list can be found here. New reseller inquiries can be submitted on the Become a Reseller page.