Eastman Chemical Company is aiding the rapid evolution of 3D printing with its Eastman Amphora 3D polymer. Notably, the material’s toughness, ease of processing and printability is helping 3D printing filament provider taulman 3D and desktop 3D printer developer Aleph Objects, Inc., introduce new, advanced materials and printers to the market. The companies’ collaboration provides complementary materials and desktop printers for the strongest printed parts. taulman 3D’s upcoming material, n-vent, is made with Eastman Amphora and can be used with desktop 3D printers, such as Aleph Objects’ LulzBot Mini for at-home printing or LulzBot TAZ for professional use.

“Collaborations like the one between taulman 3D and Aleph Objects are why Eastman is involved in the 3D printing market,” said Alex Dudal, market development representative, Eastman Chemical Company. “These two companies are key leaders in this market from a hardware and filament perspective, and collaborating with them allows us to bring Eastman Amphora 3D polymer to a broader audience in the right way.”

The newly announced n-vent material, made with Eastman Amphora 3D polymer, is suited for creating aesthetic parts such as vases and desktop items, and will be available for purchase in summer 2015 in several colors. taulman 3D notes the new material’s strength and extremely low odor. According to the company, n-vent’s heat resistance, low shrinkage and higher tensile strength make it ideal for use in prototyping as well as smaller designs.

“Eastman provides quality materials, and their technical and engineering expertise round out a set of features that is ideal for 3D printing material development,” said Thomas Martzall, owner, taulman 3D. “Because of trends in smaller designs, we’re expecting an increase in multipart designs that need to fit together properly. The reduced shrinkage of this material, along with Eastman Amphora 3D polymer’s bonding abilities, will ensure multipart designs accomplish the desired goal.”

taulman 3D began providing product in October 2012 with the release of its Nylon 618 filament. Soon after, the company released additional materials, including Nylon 645, Bridge and t-glase. Aleph Objects emerged from the RepRap project and is fiercely committed to respecting user freedom. The company earned the first hardware certification from the Free Software Foundation and meets the Open Source Hardware Association definition. Now, the company provides one of the strongest desktop printer lines to the 3D market — LulzBot. Most recently, the company launched the LulzBot Mini, which is easier to use and more reliable than other 3D printers on the market, winning editors' choice awards from PCMag and Tom's Guide, and accolades elsewhere.

“At Aleph Objects, our mission is to respect user freedom and offer versatile, cutting-edge technology that allows our community to bring their ideas to life,” said Jeff Moe, president, Aleph Objects. “Based on our in-house testing using LulzBot 3D printers, we are confident that n-vent by taulman 3D, made with Eastman Amphora 3D polymer, will rank among the best premium materials on the market.” 

Aleph Objects will showcase its LulzBot 3D printers and sample prints made with the n-vent material when the company returns for its second year to RAPID (May 18-21 in Long Beach, California), the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning and additive manufacturing. Aleph Objects will be available in Booth 528.

For more information, visit Eastman at www.eastman.com/3D.


About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.


About taulman 3D

taulman 3D is a polymer/co-polymer development and manufacturing company. Started in October of 2012 and located just west of St. Louis, USA, the company’s main products are high-strength 3D printing materials for fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printers. Today, taulman 3D is the worldwide leader in providing the strongest and most durable 3D printing materials available on the market to industry and individual users. taulman 3D works directly with specialized chemical companies to develop solutions, as these materials are not commodities, but developed specifically to meet the requirements of the majority of all FFF 3D printers currently being manufactured. For more information, visit www.taulman3d.com


About Aleph Objects

Founded in January 2011, Aleph Objects, Inc., is a Free Software/Libre Innovation/Open Source Hardware company. Headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, USA, Aleph Objects designs, develops and manufactures the LulzBot line of desktop 3D printers, accessories and materials, including the popular LulzBot TAZ and newly introduced LulzBot Mini. The company's Libre Innovation philosophy means anyone can see the source code and files for their products, make modifications and share with others. For more information, visit www.alephobjects.com or www.lulzbot.com.