PTFE Materials

Additional Materials for Additive Manufacturing

Explore additional materials for 3D printing and tell us what's possible.

The future of advanced materials for additive manufacturing

3M is interested in developing additional advanced materials for additive manufacturing by leveraging our expertise in fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers and technical ceramics.

These new 3D printing materials include high performance polymers commonly used in high temperature or chemically resistant applications such as;

  • Perfluoroalkoxy Polymer (PFA)
  • Fluorinated ethylene propylene (FEP)
  • Terpolymer of tetrafluoroethylene, hexafluoropropylene and vinylidene fluoride (THV)
  • Polyvinylidene fluoride or polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF)
  • Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE)
  • Fluoropolymer compounds or combinations of materials, such as functional filled polymers for light-weighting applications

Fluoroelastomers offer users flexible resistance in challenging conditions for sealing and containment applications.
Technical ceramics deliver electrical insulation and thermal management conductivity, these materials include;

  • Boron Carbide
  • Boron Nitride
  • Calcium Hexaboride
  • Composite Ceramics
  • Silicon Carbide
  • Silicon Nitride
  • Titanium Diboride
  • Zirconium Diboride

Applications and Industries

These materials are being specifically engineered for open source 3D printers such as Stereolithography (SLA), Digital Light Processing (DLP), Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), and Material Jetting. The materials are typically used in transportation, including auto and aerospace, chemical processing, semicon, oil & gas, electronics, research laboratories, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and defense applications.

  • 3D Printing for semicon
  • 3D printing for CPI
  • 3D printing for electronics
  • 3D Printing for Aerospace

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