At GL Robotics, we have our finger to the pulse on the latest 3D printing technology. Of course, like any forward-thinking company, we also try to keep the environment in mind whenever possible. It’s why we use Natureworks PLA in an effort to reduce our environmental footprint while also knowing there are endless possibilities with Ingeo resin. For those unfamiliar with Ingeo, they are polymers made from utilizing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and turning them into products. Yes, it is as cool as it sounds!
While this concept may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, the very real idea of using greenhouse gases for production began way back in 1989. Today, much more than just an idea, Ingeo polymers are used for everything from electronics to coffee capsules. From a 3D printing perspective, the unique characteristics of Ingeo PLA are incredible for numerous reasons. Their resistance to impact while providing excellent printability and resilience, they are extremely durable and can be used for a variety of projects (to name just a few!) The monofilaments made with Ingeo PLA offer such a remarkable grade, that they are very well-suited for use in a variety of 3D printers and in applications. With no heating needed for excellent adhesion to build plates, precise detail, less odor than most other PLAs, and reduced warping, it’s a no-brainer. The fact that the environmental impact is lower, is icing on the cake.
3D Printing with Ingeo Polymers
Data shows that production with Ingeo uses approximately 80% less greenhouse gases and 52% less non-renewable energy than conventional polymers. This can make a huge difference over time, particularly if you mass manufacture prints. For example, plastic drink lids – the one found at most fast food restaurants have a huge environmental footprint when printed with PP or PET. But with Ingeo bioplastic the impact is greatly reduced and noticeable.
Understanding the Numbers
The various grades of Ingeo are specially formulated for use on particular projects. Use of each grade depends on what you are printing. For example, for large-format prints, consider 3D700 to keep warping away. For faster crystallization and improved heat-resistance, you may want to consider 3D850. Let us know what project you are working on, and one of our experts will be happy to help you find the perfect Ingeo PLA for you. We are also personally happy to share more about our experience with this special PLA and how it compares to other filaments. Contact us today to learn more about how Ingeo can work for your next 3D project.