FKuR and Helian Polymers have developed PLA filmaments reinforced with natural fibers for FDM.

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Germany’s bioplastics compounder FKuR (U.S. office in Cedar Park, Texas and The Netherlands’ Helian Polymers, a leading provider of 3D filaments, have jointly developed PLA filaments reinforced with natural fibers for the FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) additive manufacturing process.

            The product range of Colorfabb of The Netherlands, a suppliers of 3D filaments in a wide variety of colors, now includes the recently developed design materials, called woodFillFine and BambooFill. They are available here from MatterHackers, Lake Forest, Calif., now the largest distributor of 3D filaments. The new fiber-reinforced PLA filaments are said to enable the manufacture of  components with a unique wood appearance and distinctive feel and have no design freedom limitations compared to conventional wood.