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Forward AM and the UltiMaker Factor 4 – Delivering Industrial-grade Performance with Reliable and Repeatable Results

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The UltiMaker Factor 4 is a new industrial-grade 3D printer that is designed to streamline production and keep your manufacturing processes and operations running smoothly and on-time. This AM technology offers support for engineering materials, direct dual extrusion, onboard print process reporting, and many more innovations while also providing unrivaled predictability and minimal variance.

The Factor 4 elevates manufacturing because UltiMaker built it for the factory floor with its triple-insulated build chamber and direct dual extrusion. The automated material handling system maintains filament quality while the temperature-controlled design ensures consistent production output even on complex and challenging designs.

You can achieve the highest print accuracy of any UltiMaker printer, even when producing parts at a high resolution with small design features. The Factor 4 makes it possible to produce structurally verified parts across different locations. The low variance of less than 10% in extrusion rate and mechanical properties batch after batch and part after part is a combination of the H-bridge gantry, closed loop feed control, and uniformly controlled build plate temperatures.

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Forward AM offers a wide range of high-performance and certified materials that open a huge range of new 3D printing applications on the UltiMaker Factor 4.

Ultrafuse® rPET – Sustainability Meets High Performance

PET is mainly known as water bottle material. This recycled filament has a natural transparent blueish look and has excellent 3D printing properties and solid mechanical characteristics. The 3D printing community provides a powerful opportunity to make current manufacturing methods more sustainable, so we have challenged ourselves to create a filament made from recycled material that is a serious alternative to filaments made from virgin raw materials.

We now offer Ultrafuse® rPET, with the “r” standing for recycled, as this innovative material is made from recycled PET post industrial waste. Components produced with Ultrafuse® rPET print, look and perform as outstandingly as our PET filament made from virgin raw material. It is based on food-safe raw materials (granulate), which are suitable for food contact applications.

Benefits at a Glance – Sustainable alternative to PET, easy to print, and great end results
Example Applications – Jigs & fixtures, automotive parts, and prototyping

Ultrafuse® TPU 85A – First Flexible Filament Based on BASF Elastollan® 

Ultrafuse® TPU 85A offers a broad range of degrees of hardness with different designs, making this filament an ideal material in applications where specific degrees of flexibility are critical.

Ultrafuse® TPU 85A comes in its natural white color. Chemical properties and tolerance for solvents can be made available if these factors are relevant for a specific application. Generally, these properties correspond to publicly available data on polyether based TPUs. Good flexibility at low temperature, good wear performance and good damping behavior are the key features of Ultrafuse® TPU 85A.

Benefits at a Glance – High wear and abrasion resistance, very good low-temperature flexibility, high tensile strength and outstanding resistance to tear propagation, excellent damping characteristics, high resistance to oils, greases, oxygen and ozone, and biocompatible

Example Applications – Functional flexible parts, footwear, sports and leisure, automotive, industrial manufacturing, agriculture, and construction

Metal Filaments: Redefining Metal 3D Printing with Affordability and Ease of Use

Forward AM’s Ultrafuse® Metal Filaments represent a breakthrough in 3D printing stainless steel components. Specifically engineered for seamless integration with conventional Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printers, these filaments offer unparalleled ease of use. BASF Forward AM’s Ultrafuse® Metal Filaments empower designers with increased flexibility while reducing overall costs. By simplifying the metal printing process, they enable faster production and greater affordability without compromising quality.

Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH – Create Stainless Steel Parts that Require Mechanical Strength

Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH is a filament to produce metal components in 17-4 stainless steel on standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers. This stainless steel can be fully heat treated to high levels of strength and hardness making it ideal for the Petrochemistry, Aerospace, and Automotive industries. Parts printed with our metal-polymer composite filament Ultrafuse® 17-4 PH obtain their final properties through a catalytic debinding and sintering process known from traditional Metal Injection Molding.

Benefits at a Glance – Easy and affordable metal 3D printing on standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers, high mechanical strength and hardness, good corrosion resistance, fully hardened for strength, and a wide range of post-processing options for green parts
Example Applications – Tooling, jigs & fixtures, and functional prototypes
Material Properties – Heat-treatable stainless-steel parts, increased strength by precipitation hardening, martensitic, and magnetic

Ultrafuse® 316L – Create Stainless Steel Parts that Require Mechanical Strength

Designed for effortless handling on standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printers, BASF Ultrafuse® 316L offers enhanced design flexibility alongside cost-effectiveness, streamlining the metal part printing process for ease and efficiency.

Benefits at a Glance – Easy and affordable metal 3D printing on standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) printers, Generates stainless steel 316L parts, Outstanding resistance to corrosion, Austenitic structure, Non-magnetic with a Uniform particle distribution
Example Applications – Tooling, Jigs and fixtures, Functional prototypes, Small-scale production runs
Material Properties – Outstanding resistance to corrosion, Reliable temperature stability, Austenitic structure, Non-magnetic

Ultrafuse® Support Layer – Simplifying Sintering, Expanding Design Possibilities

Our Ultrafuse® Support Layer filament complements Ultrafuse® Metal Filaments seamlessly. When employed, it forms a protective barrier during sintering, aiding in the clean separation of supports from metal components.

Benefits at a Glance – Printable on any metal FFF printer, allows for a wider range of designs and complex geometries, excellent surface quality, minimize distortion during debinding and sintering, simplified workflow for preparing parts for sintering
Example Applications – Enabling Tooling, jigs & fixtures, series production of full metal parts, functional parts and prototypes.

This material is not intended to print stand-alone parts and should only be printed as a layer attached to the support structures in dual extrusion prints.

* This product is intended exclusively for sales, distribution, and use within the European Union, Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, North Macedonia, Norway, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Kingdom and is only available for our customers located in those countries.

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