Jul 19, 2014

FilaSoy is soy based 3d printing filament developed by Purdue University students

Team of students from Purdue University developed a new 3d printing filament made from polylactide (PLA) which is made from corn, starch, tapioca root and sugar cane and  20-25% soy materials.

FilaSoy key advantages:
There are many benefits to FilaSoy over currently available filaments. The melting temperature of FilaSoy is lower than other filaments in the market, which saves energy costs. It also has a higher Young’s modulus than PLA (a common filament used for 3D printing) for greater resistance to deformation. This allows users to create a wide variety of products such as toys, specialty parts, models, art, and more.
The concept of FilaSoy is not simply to generate a generic material for the currently available products. FilaSoy also brings a renewable, cost effective product (soy) as an additive to the current available market while changing the properties of the material for other purposes and significantly reducing the cost of production. Since FilaSoy is renewable and derived from plant matter, it is green, recyclable, and maintains superior quality.
FilaSoy specifications:
  • Function: S3D Innovations’ FilaSoy is the next generation 3D printing material. Replace harmful petroleum based plastic with low energy, low temperature, and all renewable based filament. Retain similar properties found in PLA with an added green twist. Print your prototypes, designs, models, and more without worrying about waste. This product is completely renewable and recyclable.
  • To Use: Insert filament end into 3D printer head or as instructed in your 3D printer manual. Set the temperature at 220/230°C. For best results please iterate printer setting until filament extrudes smoothly.
  • Ingredients: FilaSoy is composed of approximately 20-25% soy-based materials and raw polylactide pellets.
  • Safety: FilaSoy has a very low degree of toxicity under normal conditions of use. Caution is advised when handling, storing, using, or disposing. Keep in cool and dry storage area. Do not use with food or ingest. Potential choking hazard. Keep away from children and pets.