Verbatim Releases New, Powerful Flex 3D Print Material

By on September 12th, 2017 in materials

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 Verbatim's new PRIMALLOY BLACK, a flexible thermoplastic for 3D printing
Verbatim’s new PRIMALLOY BLACK, a flexible thermoplastic for 3D printing

Verbatim launched a new flexible material today: PRIMALLOY BLACK. And it’s not just the color that changed. 

Previously, the company had produced “regular” PRIMALLOY, which was (and is) a very good white color flexible material. We tested PRIMALLOY two years ago and found it easy to print with and providing excellent quality flexible objects.

Now the new PRIMALLOY BLACK changes things a bit. The material is obviously black, hence its name, but there are more differences. 

 An example application of Verbatim's new PRIMALLOY BLACK flexible 3D printer filametn
An example application of Verbatim’s new PRIMALLOY BLACK flexible 3D printer filametn

Most flexible thermoplastics used in 3D printing applications are thermoplastic polyurethane, or “TPU” as it is known. PRIMALLOY BLACK is a completely different material: thermoplastic ester elastomer, or “TPEE”. Verbatim describes its functional characteristics: 

It provides high-performance characteristics in terms of mechanical strength and resistance to oil, base, solvents, chemicals, flex fatigue and heat, in addition to offering excellent low temperature properties and a high level of hardness stability across a wide temperature range, making PRIMALLOY particular suited for outdoor applications.

Why the black color? Aside from distinguishing it from their white PRIMALLOY, they believe the majority of use of this TPEE material will be for grips and handles, which tend to be black in most designs. 

This is yet another example of a unique material being released from the vast chemical repository of Verbatim’s owner, Mitsubishi. All Verbatim materials we’ve tested thus far have been quite good, although they tend to carry a slight premium on pricing. 

There’s no word yet on pricing, but it is likely to be similar to that of the regular Primalloy, or greater, which currently goes for around USD$62 on Amazon. 

Via Verbatim

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!