1 April 2014

Sierra Resins, Inc. and 3D Printlife Form a Venture to Introduce 3D Bioplastic Printer Filament

New bioplastic formula currently in production for film applications and injection-molding

Bioplastics formulator Sierra Resins and 3D Printlife have launched a venture to introduce a 3D printer biofilament. The type of bioplastic formula used for initial 3D biofilament test runs is currently in production for film applications and injection-molded products.

“Processability, smoothness, and adherence to tolerances were good,” said John Tersigni, President and CEO of Sierra Resins. “We’re now going to submit this particular grade of 3D biofilament to an independent ASTM certified biodegradability testing laboratory. We’re happy about the initial results, so it’s a good sign.”

“Also, with 3D Printlife positioned in the middle of this marketplace with their printer and accessory line, we believe we have an ideal partner to distribute and deliver the 3D printer biofilament. They know the market. According to 3ders.org, the 3D printing materials market is forecasted to reach about $408 million by 2018. It’s an emerging market worth pursuing,” said Tersigni.

“We are very pleased with the initial test results of Sierra Resins’ 3D biofilament,” said Buzz Baldwin, Co-Founder of 3D Printlife. “Our focus has always been about giving options to the consumer and we are extremely excited about delivering a biofilament to our customers, something that can perform like any other high quality plastic. Some filament plastics have been criticized for their potential negative impact to the environment. A line of biofilaments will make a valuable contribution to sustainable development in 3D printing and with the expertise of Sierra Resins we feel we have the best possible partner to bring a viable biofilament to the consumer.”

About Sierra Resins
Sierra Resins Inc. is a formulator and licensor of bioplastics technology.

About 3D Printlife
3D Printlife http://www.3DPrintlife.com is a Master Distributor of 3D printers for businesses and home use, along with 3D print accessories such as filament and 3D design templates.

Source: Sierra Resins, Inc., press release, 2013-03-23.


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