Nature looks at greenhouse gases, like atmospheric carbon, as a feedstock, a raw material. It’s what trees, plants, or coral reefs are made from. At NatureWorks, we like to say that Mother Nature was the first to get into additive manufacturing. Now, using 3D filament made from Ingeo and the right 3D printer, you get to do the same thing.
Filament made from our specialized Ingeo PLA grades for 3D printing deliver properties and performance not found in other raw materials or PLA's. These grades can only be purchased directly from NatureWorks or through one of our authorized distributors.
Ingeo PLA Filament Performance
|Performance Requirement||Market Expectation||Ingeo Performance||ABS Performance|
|Temperature in printing||Lower is better for safety and control||190-230°C possible, sharp melting behavior||230-250°C|
|Vapor or odor in printing, EH&S||Low or no emissions / smell, small particulates||Very low emissions & studies show lower particulate count||Strong negative odor and higher particulate count|
|Heated build chamber||Ideally not required & IP limits implementation for some users||Does not require heated build chamber, but opportunity to leverage||Required to avoid warping while mfg. larger parts|
|Fusing performance||Fuses easily, sticks to self and build chamber||Good fusing and build platform adhesion||Difficult to stick to certain build platforms|
|Thermal shrinkage||Low shrinkage||Excellent, low shrink||Warps on larger builds|
Low Carbon Footprint
Made from greenhouse gases, Ingeo has a very low carbon footprint.
Ingeo in Use
We 3D printed an impeller on our new Ultimaker machine with Ingeo™ 3D870 PLA filament and the new Ingeo™ 3D450 break-away support.
Our Recommended 3D Filament Suppliers
Our suppliers guide contains a curated list of global partners who make some of the best compounds and Ingeo PLA-based filament for 3D printing.