Flexibility in Materials Choice

Northworks printers are capable of printing a wide range of materials and supports an open material platform. Here are just some of the materials we have worked with. Moreover we have worked directly with our customers to develop processes and procedures for a wide variety of materials and applications to ensure their success. For each material we developed a detailed print profile, which we then make available to all of our customers. Please contact us if you have questions on a specific material, print profile, or type of object print.

Plastics

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene), PLA filament (Polylactic Acid), nylon, HIPS (High-impact Polystyrene), PVA and medical grade among others.

Ceramic

This unique filament is a combination of ceramic powder and polymer. When heated further after extrusion by use of a kiln, the polymer portion will debind (250-500C), allowing the remaining ceramic portion to sinter (1200C). Sintering will cause the object to shrink about 20-25 percent. Once this process is complete, the print can then be glazed.

PLA Metal

Thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources.

Conductive

Simple circuits and touch sensitive devices, hooks, hand-tools, and parts which require tooling for telecommunications, hospital equipment, medical devices, enclosures, packaging, aerospace and automotive.

Wood

PLA-based composite 3D printer filament made from recycled wood fibres, providing a realistic wood colour, finish and even smell. Works for post-processing wood prints – such as sanding, varnishing and coating – to make eye-catching, decorative wood objects.

Carbon Fiber

8x stronger than ABS and 20% stronger than the yield strength of aluminum.

Wax

For lost wax casting, can be polished, machined, and carved easier than plastic filaments. Softer than traditional plastic filaments.

Rubber

Specially formulated thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ideal for making parts like phone cases, watch bands or even shoes. Enables you to make anything that requires some bend and flex while maintaining strength, including twisting, squeezing, stretching.