General Purpose

General Purpose Materials

Overview

Essentium presents an accessible range of entry-level, general-purpose materials, crafted to offer an optimal balance of strength, stiffness, and utility at an affordable price. These materials are an excellent choice for a variety of applications including prototyping, room temperature fixtures, and both basic consumer and industrial parts. They are characterized by their ease of printing, making them a user-friendly option for beginners and experts alike. With moderate tensile strength capabilities of up to 45 MPa, these materials serve as a perfect starting point for those looking to explore 3D printing before advancing to more specialized materials. Essentium's range is designed to meet the needs of a wide array of projects, providing reliability and quality without a significant investment.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Easy to print, ambient or low chamber temperature​. 
  • Moderate tensile strength up to 45 MPa​ 
  • Good starting point before finding more advanced material​. 

 

Comparison Chart

Comparison Chart

Essentium PCTG is a workhorse printing material with a wide print temperature window and excellent balance of properties. It is a drop-in substitute for PETG with superior toughness and chemical resistance. Use Essentium PCTG for anything from jigs and fixtures to orthotic devices and you’ll see why it’s a favorite material to print with! Essentium PCTG is third-party independently certified to meet ISO 10993 and US FDA guidance for intact skin surface devices. It was found to be non-contact sensitive, non-cytotoxic, and non-irritant, enabling O&P clinicians to use O&P devices that require long-term skin contact. 

APPLICATIONS 

  • Cheap alternative that can be used to print fast. Black PCTG looks the nicest and clear PCTG will allow you to visually see imperfections in your print. Don’t use for high pressure parts; PCTG is brittle and can shatter under stress
  • Test socket for prosthetics
  • Temporary and handled tools
  • General prototyping
  • Gauges
  • Location fixtures
  • General assembly fixtures

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Essentium ABS MG94 filament made with SABIC CYCOLACTM MG94 resin is a premium grade of ABS filament with good mechanical properties, easy high-speed printing, and excellent surface finish. This material has a wider print temperature window and superior flow properties compared to standard ABS filaments. Essentium ABS MG94 filament is great for functional parts, jigs and fixtures, and thin wall applications.

APPLICATIONS

  • More rugged for outdoor use but susceptible to flexing during printing
  • Brackets
  • Light fixture for outside use
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Tool holders
  • Jigs and fixtures
  • Prototypes
  • Automotive ducting
  • Project enclosures


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Essentium PA (Nylon) is a 6/66 co-polymer formulated with BASF for exceptional toughness and durability. It has a good blend of mechanical properties and chemical resistance at an affordable price. 

For superior toughness, soak printed parts in water for ~24 hours after printing. 

APPLICATIONS 

  • Flexible capability gives this material a unique format
  • Foot orthotic 
  • Gears 
  • Mechanisms
  • Low-friction bearings 
  • Thrust washers
  • Automotive parts

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 Essentium HTN (high-temperature nylon) is a PA6-based filament engineered for industrial applications. It exhibits superior mechanical and thermal properties, and improved layer adhesion compared to standard nylons. This is a low-warp, easy to print engineering material perfect for demanding applications. 

APPLICATIONS 

  • High temp nylon
  • Capable of taking higher temps and has more structural strength
  • Custom jigs
  • CNC tools
  • Vice jaw covers
  • Tools organizer
  • Electrically insulating components
  • Electricals housing
  • Low-speed gears and moving parts

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Essentium PLA XTR is specifically designed to solve many of the common issues plaguing current PLA offerings.  

APPLICATIONS 

  • Mold work
  • Lost foam casting
  • Investment casting with molds
  • Form and fit

PLA XTR Material chart

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Applications

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping

The benefits of using additive manufacturing for prototyping were some of the first to be realized. During that age of Additive 1.0, manufacturers learned that they could skip the lengthy lead times and costly tool changes during initial iterations and accepted it despite its limitations. Additive 2.0 introduced rapid prototyping where manufacturers can use technology like the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printer to reduce the time to prototype to a few hours instead of days and instead of iterating with ABS or PA, they can design with the end-use material.

Tooling

Tooling

Traditional manufacturing methods are driven by CNC machines and injection molding machines, both of which require tools to be made, iterated, manufactured, and shipped. This entire process can take months, even with the best suppliers on the planet. With the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printing Platform, skip over the lead time and tooling costs, and create highly accurate molds, that can be tweaked on the fly. These 3D-printed tools can be printed in a matter of days at a fraction of the cost of traditional tooling and casting methods.

Casting

Casting

Avoid the high cost and long lead times of traditional tool creation and print molds on the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printing Platform. Manufacturers can create prototypes, iterate designs, and print the final part on the same platform and materials which saves time and increases quality.

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