Extreme Temperature

Extreme Temperature Materials

Overview

Essentium leads the way in the realm of 3D printing with its innovative range of extreme temperature thermoplastics. These filaments are specially designed to endure not only high but also very low temperatures, setting them apart in the market. Catering to sectors such as aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, and industrial manufacturing, Comprising high glass transition temperature amorphous polymers and high melting point semicrystalline polymers, these materials are perfect for applications where durability and reliability are critical under extreme temperature conditions, both high and low. Essentium's advanced filaments are the go-to choice for professionals seeking unparalleled performance in 3D printing, regardless of environmental challenges.

Essentium products include the Altitude and Duratem filaments, known for maintaining toughness and integrity across a wide temperature spectrum, especially being the first and only filaments on market that can keep their toughness below -40C.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Altitude and Duratem are good at low temps of -60C and -40C respectively.
  • Heat deflection temperature up to 260˚C​ 
  • Long term heat resistance up to 300˚C ​ 
  • Flame retardant materials available​ 
  • Light-duty metal replacement 

Comparison Chart

Comparison Chart

It is a unique material made up of polyetherimide or PEI, polycarbonate or PC, and siloxane. Unlike other high-temperature materials on the market, Duratem has an impact strength of about 30 kilojoules per square meter, making it five times as strong as PEI 9085 and nine times as strong as PEKK. The base resin of Duratem meets UL 94V-0 flame testing standards at 1.6 millimeters and passes FAR 25.853 testing for flammability, heat release, smoke density, and toxicity. It also contains a non-halogenated flame retardant for health and safety.

APPLICATIONS

  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Electrical
  • Energy Management
  • Material Handling
  • Rail Components
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It is a high-performance co-polymer blend of polycarbonate and siloxane, mixed with non-chlorinated and non-brominated flame-retardant agents and UV stabilizers. The base resin meets UL 94V-0 flame testing at 1.5 millimeters. This unique formulation allows this material to withstand temperatures of down to negative 60 C.

APPLICATIONS

  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Electrical
  • Energy Management
  • Material Handling
  • Rail Components
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Essentium 9085 is a high-performance polyetherimide blend made with SABIC ULTEM™ 9085 resin. Essentium 9085 has excellent long term temperature performance and toughness. The base resin meets FAR 25.853 and OSU 65/65 for flammability, heat release, smoke density, and toxicity. Parts printed from Essentium 9085 are ideal for aerospace, automotive, and industrial components that must meet strict requirements for strength, temperature performance, and flammability.

APPLICATIONS

  • Aerospace 
  • Defense 
  • Composite layup tooling 
  • Functional prototypes. 

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Essentium PEEK is the highest performance material in our broad material portfolio. In addition to best-in-class printability, it has excellent thermal and chemical resistance. Essentium PEEK boasts outstanding strength, stiffness, and impact properties and is inherently flame resistant.

APPLICATIONS

  • Aerospace 
  • Oil & Gas 
  • Biomedical (non-implantable) 
  • Semiconductor processing 
  • Chemical processing 
  • Military 

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Essentium polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) filament shares most of the performance attributes of PEEK: strong chemical resistance, high dimensional stability, and high temperature resistance, high glass transition temperature. PEKK maintains the flame smoke toxicity ratings for FAR compliance and offers excellent resistance to chemical attack.

APPLICATIONS

  • Aerospace 
  • Industrial 
  • Oil & Gas 
  • Chemical processing 
  • Military 

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Essentium PPS-CF is a 15% carbon fiber reinforced polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) filament made with LUVOCOM® 3F resin from LEHVOSS Group. PPS is a semicrystalline, high-performance polymer used in numerous challenging applications in various industries. This material has an outstanding price-to-performance ratio with exceptional strength, stiffness, temperature, chemical and wear resistance. PPS is suitable in many cases instead of higher priced super polymers as PAEKs (PEEK, PEKK).

APPLICATIONS

  • Injection mold tooling 
  • Expanded foam mold tooling 
  • Aerospace parts 
  • Railway parts 
  • Oil and gas 

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Essentium HTN-CF25 (high-temperature nylon) is a polyamide-based chemistry with a 25% carbon fiber reinforced core. HTN-CF25 is the highest strength and stiffness material in the Essentium portfolio. This material also boasts easy processing and excellent thermal resistance. This material is designed for tooling applications, high-strength/stiffness jigs and fixtures, and as a replacement for light-duty aluminum parts.

APPLICATIONS

  • Tooling
  • Injection molds 
  • Thermoforming 
  • Blow molding 
  • High-stiffness jigs and fixtures 
  • High-strength and end-use parts 
  • Replacement for light-duty aluminum parts 
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Essentium PET-CF is a 15% carbon fiber reinforced polyester filament made with Luvocom® 3F resin from Lehvoss. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a semicrystalline polyester commonly used in soda bottles and automotive parts when reinforced with a fiber-filler. This material is one of the easiest filaments in our portfolio to print and has an outstanding price-to-performance ratio. PET-CF has a good balance of stiffness and strength, and when annealed it has temperature resistance of over 155 ̊C, and good chemical resistance for common solvents.

APPLICATIONS

  • Jigs, fixtures, tooling 
  • Functional prototypes 
  • Brackets 
  • Automotive parts 
  • Component housings 

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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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