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UPM Launches New Biocomposite Material for 3D Printing

UPM Formi 3D UPM Formi 3D has been engineered to flow smoothly through small nozzles enabling fine details, while its fast cooling and low shrinkage ensures improved dimensional stability.

April 16, 2018 - UPM has launched Formi 3D, a new type of biocomposite that has been specially developed for 3D printing, bringing together advanced cellulose fibre and biopolymer technologies.

With a matte finish and a surface that feels natural to the touch, filaments for 3D printing can be produced in light colours as well as dark. The new material has been engineered to flow smoothly through small nozzles enabling fine details. At the same time, UPM Formi 3D's fast cooling and low shrinkage ensures improved dimensional stability and makes it the ideal material for large scale printing.

UPM Formi 3D's self-supporting molten stage properties enable round or other complex shapes to be produced without a separate support material. Wood-like post processing of prints is another benefit of the new biocomposite: fine sanding, reduced paint absorption and easy to glue with PVAC.

UPM Formi 3D is produced and sold in granule form to producers of filaments for 3D printing or directly for large scale printing from granules. Typical UPM Formi 3D end use applications are prototypes, design, education and concept modules e.g. for architecture.

UPM Formi grades are available with FSC and PEFC certification.

Watch UPM Formi 3D video.

UPM leads the forest-based bioindustry into a sustainable, innovation-driven and exciting future across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA and UPM Plywood. To learn more, please visit: www.upm.com

SOURCE: UPM