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3D-Fuel collaborates with Dow in extrusion of their new IMAGIN3D Polyethylene OBC

For Immediate Release - Fargo, ND

3D-Fuel and Dow have collaborated, leveraging 3D-Fuel’s extensive extrusion expertise and Dow’s IMAGIN3D™ Polyethylene Olefin Block Copolymer (OBC), to launch into the North America filament market.  IMAGIN3D™ Polyethylene OBC, Dow’s new 3D-printable polyethylene-based resin and winner of the prestigious 2019 R&D 100 Award, will enable the production of lightweight, durable parts. It will retain the inherent material properties of polyethylene without sacrificing dimensional stability during the printing process.

Key benefits of the polyethylene OBC material are:

  • Faster start-up
  • Improved part dimensional stability
  • Elongation of break over 800%
  • Excellent z-axis property retention
  • Low density (0.91 g/cm3), high durability parts
  • Chemical resistance for durability in corrosive environments

These material benefits enable new applications where ductility and durability are valued. Polyethylene OBC’s low flexural modulus and extreme fatigue resistance make living hinges easier and longer-lasting than ever. The low-density, durability, and chemical resistance are excellent for UAV, automotive, marine, and R/C applications.

By introducing the polyethylene OBC filament to the IMAGIN3D™ lineup, Dow has also been able to address one of the leading issues facing the industry: sustainability.

Both companies are committed to sustainability in their products and processes. As part of Dow’s 2025 sustainability goals, they have committed to advancing the circular economy by taking into account a product’s complete lifecycle, especially during development.


3D-Fuel is an industry-leading manufacturer of 3D printing filament. Their sound approach to manufacturing to tight tolerances and dedication to sustainable processes has brought them success in over a dozen 3D printing materials such as PLAs, bio-composites including hemp, PETG, ABS, ASA, water-soluble and more. For more information, please visit or follow @3D_Fuel on Twitter


Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure and consumer care. Dow operates 109 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 36,500 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $43 billion in 2019. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visit or follow @DowNewsroom on Twitter.