With the prevalence of 3D printing technology, the demand for 3D printing materials has increased. Earlier this month, Alfa Chemistry Materials, a professional supplier of various materials and chemicals, announced it would provide wide choices of 3D printing materials for customers worldwide.
The materials used for 3D printing are diverse, with glass materials, fiber materials, durable nylon materials, gypsum materials, aluminum materials, titanium alloys, stainless steel, silver plating, gold plating and rubber materials to be the most commonly seen ones. Each type has its own unique features, strengths and weaknesses. The final choice is made based on specific needs on different occasions.
“Traditionally, as polymeric materials are easy to be manufactured and handled, they have become the focus of the 3D printing material industry. However, with the continuous development, great progress has been made,” says a senior scientist from Alfa Chemistry Materials. “Now there are wide options when it comes into 3D printing materials. Metals and ceramics as well as other materials are also used in addition to polymers.”
Applications of 3D printing materials
One of the key advantages of 3D printing is the ability to produce very complex shapes or geometries that would be otherwise impossible to construct by hand. The application of 3D printing technology ranges quite widely, including jewelry and apparel, industrial design, biomedicine, aerospace, naval vessels, automobile industry and many others.
Jewelry and apparel
In this area, durable nylon materials or other clothing materials are used as 3D printing materials, which can be used to print clothes, hats and even high heels for different needs.
Only in recent years, 3D printing materials started to be used in biomedicine, but they have received great attention in modern medical treatment. The most common materials used in this area are resins, which could be used to print models of organs such as the liver and pancreas for disease research, and titanium to print skulls to treat people with skull damage. Some alloys can also be used to print human organs like spine, blood vessels and spinal cord.
With 3D printing technology, some drugs can be manufactured and some of them have been approved for marketing by the FDA. Drugs made from 3D printing materials have rich internal pores and high internal surface area, so they can be dissolved by a small amount of water in a short time. In addition, the application of 3D printing materials in the pharmaceutical field can contribute to the realization of precision and targeted pharmaceuticals in the future.
3D printing materials can be used in aerospace for lots of functions, for example, to produce space telescopes, rocket injectors and drones. Now astronauts can even print their own parts in a weightless environment.
3D printing materials could also be used in some maritime military equipment. For example, some metal materials (such as aluminum and titanium) can be used as 3D printing materials to print ship parts.
With proper knowledge equipped and the right materials being used, industrial 3D printing can be done efficiently. For more information about Alfa Chemistry’s 3D printing materials, please visit https://materials.alfachemic.com/products/3d-printing-materials-374.html or email us directly.
About Alfa Chemistry Materials
Having served many universities, research institutes as well as other organizations, Alfa Chemistry Materials continues to be a professional, reliable, and trust-worthy supplier, offering a full product offerings to its customers worldwide, which encompasses alternative energy, micro-nano electric materials, nanomaterials, organic and printed electronics, photonic and optical materials, polymer science. The in-stock products listed on the website can be shipped out within 3-5 business days upon receipt of customers’ purchase order.