What Really Matters: Materials
Together with 3D software, materials are a key ingredient to unlocking the full potential of 3D printing for manufacturing. Larger material companies are now investing significantly to cater to the rapid adoption and evolution of 3D printing technologies. Thus the AM industry drives the development of new materials which can offer better performances and also higher degrees of sustainability.

3D printing materials include four major families. Polymers refer to thermopolymers, which react to heat by melting, and photopolymers which react to light by hardening. To a lesser extent, 3D printable polymers also include silicones, and thermosets, which solidify when heated. Metals include pure metals (such as steel, iron titanium, aluminum, nickel). In addition they can include precious metals as well as a new superalloys. These are available for 3D printing in powder form or – in some cases – in wire form.

Other materials with great potential for 3D printing include advanced ceramics, like zirconia and alumina or traditional silica sand. Finally, 3D printing technologies and material manufacturers can focus specifically on composites. This family of materials includes carbon fiber and glass fiber with polymer matrices. Composites in 3D printing can take many forms.

This category also focuses on Consumable Resellers with over 150 businesses listed in the relative sub-category.

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"Plasko Plastik was established in 1990 and started it’s investments and technological developments in 1998 by moving to a new factory with a 72.000m2 open and 14.000m2 closed area located in Luleburgaz. Our principle is to make production based on the client’s necessity and expections.This is why we donated our factory with the latest technology and quality control systems. Plasko ,a domestic leader,has proven that it over exceeded international standarts in production with high export sales. "
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"The mission of the company is to develop and commercialize new materials and technologies for industrial application so as to create new products with the aim to improve quality of life, work and environment. The company acts as a go-between among many industrial branches and research fields, particularly in: - New performing materials and technologies for furnishing, automotive, nautical, medical areas; - Customized textile structures, special yarn and fibers; - Dispersion of carbon nanotubes in polymers, fibers, fabrics, advanced textile structures (geotextile, pre-preg etc); - Extreme sport and safety equipments; - Hi-tech watch components; - Rapid prototyping (3D printing). - Industrial design consulting support; - Life Cycle Assessment analysis;"
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"Castel Plast is a three generations company, creative and technically future-oriented. We have 50 years of experience in the manufacture of precision components on engineering plastics (POM, PBT, PC, PPE, PA-6, PA-66, PC+ABS, PET+GF, ABS, etc) and commodities (PP, HDPE, LDPE, HIPS, PS, PVC, etc). We are driven by enthusiasm and passion for what we do. Our professional team, with more than 30 years of experience, always keeps in mind the value we bring to our customers, which has been achieved through precision, reliability and efficiency. We seek, find and translate ideas into innovative, sophisticated and cost-effective solutions."
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Aeromet International PLC are a global leader in the casting of aluminium and magnesium for critical components used in the Aerospace and defence industries.
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"At Data Plastics we design, tool, manufacture, assemble and pack millions of moulded plastic parts for UK and world-wide customers providing consistent high quality British moulded parts for a range of industry sectors. Our team of experienced engineers provide help and assistance at every stage of your project. Whether its CAD design, 3D prototyping and tooling, small batch runs or full manufacture,"
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Special Metals is the world leader in the invention, production and supply of high-nickel alloys for critical engineering.

Special Metals is owned by Precision Castparts Corp. (PCC), which is a global conglomerate operating in more than a dozen countries that manufactures complex metal components and products, high-quality investment castings, forgings and fastener systems for power generation, aerospace, space exploration, military and other mission-critical applications.

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"Dream 3D is a specialist retailer of desktop 3D printers and accessories from top brands such as Ultimaker, Zortrax, MakerBot and more. We specialise in the Engineering, Education and Film sectors but also cater for the Architecture, Design and Hobbyist sectors. We understand that with this type of technology it’s great to be able to see how it works in person and discuss your requirements with an expert. That’s why we have a showroom in Hampshire where you can see our range of 3D printers working for yourself. You will also be able to try out the 3D printing software, browse our collection of filaments and of course discuss 3D printing with our expert advisors."
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Introducing Advanced Materials, Intelligent Software, and 3D Printing Technology to make High Performance & Ultra-Strong Polymer Parts™. We tailor materials to optimize mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties of printed objects. Our new Advanced, Carbon Fiber reinforced polymers make parts stronger, lighter, and more durable. Our Intelligent cloud-based software tunes mechanical properties of 3D printed objects. This results in production parts with unique characteristics that cannot be made using any conventional manufacturing techniques.
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"At MPI, we offer tailored, scalable process to satisfy the needs of a wide variety of clientele, from independent inventors to Fortune 100 companies. MPI’s customized solutions have advanced the materials science development process for: Individual Inventors and Designers Consumer Products Designers and Manufacturers Electronics Producers Aerospace and Defense Contractors "
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"North American Plastic Sales© is focused on providing solutions for our customer's applications. We sell directly to OEM's, End Users and through Select Distributors. Our focus is made-to-print or to-specification components, from molding, extruding, fabricating or CNC machining of plastics, composites, rubber, cast urethanes, and exotic materials. We sell standard products or made to your specifications. We also offer engineering assistance, rapid prototyping, 3D printing and ISO certification. Many of our materials are FDA, USDA, NSF and/or 3-A Dairy compliant. We can use higher performance materials since we are the manufacturer and you benefit from this advantage with CNC machining, injection molding, extruding, high pressure laminates, or simple fabrication. This reduces your down time & costs while increasing your productivity and output. We provide value driven products, made to the highest standards. "
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What to expect in your ProtoCrate box

$60+ retail value in every box: One Spool of PLA filament, Sample Color Chip, 3D Printed model, Mini-Poster, Featured things to print for your new filament, and Project Supplies & Tools (Calipers, paint, LED, emery boards, etc) - all for less than the average price of one spool of filament.

We're also working with different manufactures to bring you samples of exotic materials such as Laywoo-D3, BronzeFill, and more so that you can test these experimental materials with your printers before you buy. Printing a new idea is only the first step; each box also features new projects, tools, and experimental materials to really see how much mad fabrication science we can do with our favorite robot friend. You can expect to find goodies such as LEDs, magnets, calipers, paints, fasteners, and more. Each box includes a new printed 3D model (and matching poster) made from the very same material we're sending you, so you'll know we'll be in the trenches extruding together. (NO NOZZLE LEFT BEHIND.)
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We know you are too busy learning and tinkering to continuously keep up to date with the latest 3D printing filaments and tools, so we created a box that showcases the most exciting materials from the top filament brands each and every month to your doorstep.
Inside each box you will also find handy maker tools, 3D downloads, reference guides and exclusive surprises. We do our part to ensure that our chosen filaments are both environmentally friendly and thoroughly tested before entering our maker's toolkits.
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WACKER is an independent and globally active company.
  • We produce and sell chemical products,
  • and engage in scientific research.
  • We are a leader in our core fields, which include semiconductors, polysilicon, polymers, silicones and specialty chemicals.
  • We offer environmentally sound, energy-conserving and market-oriented solutions.
  • We stand for innovative chemical products and advanced methods.
  • We are committed to ecological and social responsibility.
WACKER SILICONE With a range of over 3,000 silicone products, WACKER SILICONES ranks among the world’s largest manufacturers of silanes and silicones. We are also the market leader in key subsegments. Our product portfolio ranges from silanes through silicone fluids, emulsions, elastomers, sealants and resins to pyrogenic silicas. Thanks to their highly diverse properties, silicones offer virtually unlimited potential for intelligent, customized solutions in numerous sectors. Key application areas include engineering, electronics, chemicals, cosmetics, textiles and paper.
WACKER SILICONES’ wealth of products, experience and expertise enables us to offer you complete, customized solutions. Cooperating closely with customers, we develop new products and innovative production processes to help you cut costs and optimize your business. To this end, we provide lab support for product formulation and approval, and for scale-up to full production. We also assist you with the development of supply-chain and packaging strategies.
WACKER POLYMERS offers customers a technologically sophisticated range of polymeric binders and additives – along with customized services – based on highly developed production processes, continuous innovation and a global network of dedicated specialists.

The Advantage of an Integrated Ethylene Production System

In an integrated production process developed over a period of 80 years, WACKER uses ethylene to produce VAM (vinyl acetate) and VAE (vinyl acetate-ethylene); these are then turned into a variety of products, many of which are market leaders in numerous applications. WACKER produces all the required intermediates itself, and by-products are reused intelligently. Consequently, WACKER's supply chain is relatively independent in terms of raw materials and is designed to conserve natural resources and save energy, making it unique on the market.

Initiator in Industry

WACKER POLYMERS has been a trendsetter on a number of fronts, including the development of polyvinyl butyral and polyvinyl alcohol. As a protective colloid, the latter is an essential component of dispersible polymer powder, which was also developed by WACKER and has revolutionized the building industry. The precursor of dispersible polymer powder gave rise to innovative VAE dispersions, which are leaders in paint, adhesive and textile applications.

Partner for Customers

A network of native-speaker specialists and technical centers support customers around the world with the optimization and development of formulations; for example, to make food packaging safer, construction materials more efficient, colors more brilliant and coatings more resistant, as well as to enhance the performance of adhesives.
WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS is the Group’s life science division. Based on advanced biotech processes, it offers tailored and innovative solutions and products for the food, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries. Our extensive product range includes fermenter cysteine and bioengineered cyclodextrins – premium oligosaccharides marketed under the CAVASOL® and CAVAMAX® trademarks. A key specialty is the contract manufacturing of pharmaceutical proteins (biologics) via microbial systems. Polyvinyl acetate solid resins, fine chemicals and complex organic building blocks for synthesis round out our portfolio. Worldwide, we can offer you complete, customized solutions for this product portfolio while taking advantage of the synergies in two of our areas of expertise – biotechnology and fine chemicals.
Continuously striving for top performance, we manufacture high-quality products and solutions, provide excellent service and so maximize the benefits for our customers. High standards – in business ethics and safety – during our dealings with customers and employees are an integral part of our business practices, as is environmental protection. Applications range from foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals, household products, cosmetics and personal care to industrial and specialty chemicals.
WACKER POLYSILICON Products, Facts & Figures The creation of a supply of mainly renewable energy sources is one of the 21st century's major challenges. In this respect, the sun and the wind play an essential role in a future energy mix. The key raw material for manufacturing solar cells is polysilicon – the purest material to permit large-scale production worldwide. Being an industrial-scale producer of hyperpure polysilicon since 1959 has made WACKER a pioneer in this growth market.
Setting a high standard of product quality and process sustainability, WACKER POLYSILICON is a major technology driver and leading supplier of high-purity polysilicon. Alongside solar technology, the semiconductor-electronics sector is another promising area in which polysilicon plays a vital role. There is thus an ever-growing worldwide demand for polysilicon. For this reason, WACKER is constantly expanding its production capacities. Hyperpure polysilicon gives our customers a crucial competitive edge throughout the solar supply chain and serves as a central starting point for added value in semiconductor electronics.
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Danger!awesome is a co-working makerspace bringing high tech fabrication equipment to the masses. We're making the maker revolution real.
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