“Green” 3D Printer Filament?

By on August 5th, 2014 in materials


We’re looking at a new proprietary 3D printer filament from Avante Technology that could qualify as “Green”. And we’re not talking about the color. 

The company announced a new line of filaments called, “FilaOne”. The first product is an “advanced composite filament for desktop 3D printers” they call, “GREEN”. Why is this a green product? It seems to overcome the typical challenges with ABS and PLA filaments: strength, biodegradability and safety. ABS is strong but not biodegradable or particularly safe when printing. PLA is biodegradable and safe, but not strong. In fact, it can be quite brittle. 

The new FilaOne GREEN product is said to be stronger than ABS, comparable to nylon – but not as bendy. The filament melts at a reasonable temperature, whereas nylon requires very high temperatures not commonly available in personal 3D printers. Best of all, FilaOne GREEN does not emit noxious gases during printing. 

There is no indication of GREEN’s tendency to warp when cooling, which is something we’d be interested in knowing. If it does warp, you’d likely require a heated bed or chamber to print successfully. 

It seems to have the best combination of all features. But is there a cost to this? 

The material is not yet for sale, but the company’s press release states: “Cost of the filament is expected to be slightly higher than premium grade ABS.”

The company also provides printing adhesion sheets with each order, suggesting that typical methods of sticking material to your print surface (blue tape, hairspray, etc) may not work. But in any case, the adhesion sheets should ensure the product does stick to your bed. 

The product should be available later this month. And yes, to answer the obvious question, GREEN will come in many colors. 

Via Avante Technology

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!