3D printing consumables; high quality plastic filament for precision results

September 19, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
RS Components has expanded its 3D printing range with availability plastic filament produced to tight tolerances for consistent feed and stable 3D printing. In what is, perhaps, a sign of how the sector is developing, the product comes form a name that is familiar from other consumables: Verbatim.

The Verbatim 3D printing filament comprises PLA and ABS filaments, to extend the RS 3D print offering to further benefit engineers in the rapid prototyping of their designs.

The Verbatim PLA and ABS ranges are available in 1.75 mm diameter filament. The PLA range is also supplied in 3 mm diameter filament. Both are offered on 1 kg spools and in an assortment of vibrant colours including red, green and blue. PLA (PolyLactic Acid) filament is a biodegradable bio-plastic derived from corn and is guaranteed not to include heavy metals or common chemicals such as phthalates and Bisphenol-A (BPA). ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) filament is a co-polymer made from styrene, acryl and butadiene and is both impact resistant and tough.

Manufactured in Japan, both the ABS and PLA materials meet extremely tight tolerances, ensuring consistent feed and stable printing. The filaments are distributed in vacuum-sealed bags with desiccant and are wound on to a spool for easy dispensing.

Suitable for a wide range of 3D printers, these PLA and ABS filaments complement the existing 3D printing material offering from RS to provide a wider choice to engineers. RS is among the first distributors to stock the Verbatim 3D printing filaments across the EMEA region. Verbatim is a global company in data storage and LED lighting with a product portfolio spanning consumer and professional applications: the company is the world's No 1 supplier of optical media (Blu-ray, DVD and CD).

RS Components; www.rs-components.com