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Nanodiamonds Boost 3D-Printed Polymer Performance

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Finnish nanodiamond manufacturer Carbodeon and Dutch 3D-printing specialist Tiamet 3D have announced the first nanodiamond-enhanced filaments for 3D printing. The Carbodeon/Tiamet 3D filaments, based on a joint-patented technology, improves the mechanical and thermal properties of 3D printed items.

“By joining forces we’ve already developed filaments with a 100-percent increase in tensile strength, improved printability, and better thermal properties,” says Reid Larson, CEO of Tiamet 3D. “Printing also runs more quickly and more reliably with the addition of Carbodeon polymer-tailored nanodiamonds.”
“Nanodiamonds offer the potential to make 3D-printed components that perform as well as, or better than, comparable injection moulded components, but with massive cost reductions and production speed improvements,” says Carbodeon CEO Vesa Myllymäki.

The first Carbodeon/Tiamet 3D filaments will be PLA (polylactic acid) based, with further development focused on high-performance thermoplastics. The companies signed a strategic partnership agreement on joint filament development, along with an agreement for Carbodeon to supply nanodiamond materials to Tiamet 3D.

The newly developed PLA filament product will be available both from Carbodeon and Tiamet 3D. Carbodeon filament products will be sold under its uDiamond brand.

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