Makerbot unveils the first advanced material for Method. The material is known for its superior part durability and chemical resistance.
“PETG is the first in a new line of materials for METHOD. Our customers have been asking for different materials to use for a wide range of applications that require high strength and durability,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot. “PETG is one of the most widely used polymers today. Because of its advanced properties and versatility, we view PETG as an excellent material to be used on the manufacturing line and for short-run production runs.”
Applications & properties
Makerbot’s users could achieve a wide range of applications with PETG. They include functional prototypes, jigs and fixtures, and end-use parts.
With a heat deflection temperature that can go up to 70°C, the material enables a strong layer adhesion designed to reduce shrinkage and warping during printing. PETG is resistant to moisture and many chemicals, including some alkali and acidic substances. It can be used with METHOD’s water-soluble PVA for complex parts and effortless support removal.
PETG has greater strength and flexibility qualities than other materials, such as PLA and ABS, and is odorless when printing. Further, the material prints with a glossy finish and has a good degree of ductility.
METHOD Specialty Materials provide basic print performance and can require additional workflow steps to print successfully. PETG requires the application of an adhesion stick to the build plate prior to printing.
The line of Precision Materials was the first line that was developed for METHOD. Intended for prototyping, jigs and fixtures, the line includes MakerBot Tough, MakerBot PLA, and MakerBot PVA.
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