ThermaX PEI Filament made with ULTEM 1010, is really just ULTEM 1010 from SABIC, also known as Polyetherimide -- a high performance polymer designed to withstand extreme environmental factors like heat, chemicals, and flame. Used in many industries like aerospace, automotive, and medical, this is a very tough filament which can be used for anything from microwavable tableware to surgical tools.
Here’s the box, and the spool you’ll get when you order off our online store! Yes, it’s the exact same resin as the SABIC-branded spools, just extruded here in the USA with very high quality standards.
00:00 - ULTEM 1010 PEI Filament
01:00 - What Industries Use This Material
01:29 - What Temps You Need to Print This
02:33 - Material Specifications
03:55 - Environmental Factors
05:55 - Example Parts
08:15 - Break Tests
10:48 - Burn Tests
12:33 - Final Thoughts
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LET’S TALK ABOUT WHERE YOU’LL SEE THIS MATERIAL IN INDUSTRIES?
Aerospace: clamps, pipe replacement, electronic housings, fasteners
Food/Beverage: tableware/tupperware (can be microwaved)
It’s known to maintain it’s properties after 1000 cycles in an industrial washing machine w detergents
Medical: Tools, medical device enclosures, testing parts/machines, primarily because it can withstand various sterilization methods -- more on that in a moment.
WHAT KIND OF MACHINE DO YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FILAMENT?
Nozzle Temperature: 370-390C
Bed Temperature: 120-160C - for adhesive, our Nano Polymer Adhesive works great!
Chamber Temperature: 70 to 180C -- Really important for big parts because this stuff loves to WARP!
Drying: yes, you MUST dry this filament. Like almost every thermoplastic, this does need to be dried thoroughly before processing, which is the fancy word for melting.
Drying Kits can be found here: visionminer.com/drykit
BASIC MATERIAL SPECS:
ULTEM 1010 is an Amorphous Material
Can be annealed for additional strength
Heat Deflect Temp is around 217C, meaning you can use it in applications up to 217C without losing mechanical properties.
It’s glass transition point is about 217 C
It’s actual melt point, where it turns from solid to liquid, is around 337 °C
BASIC STRENGTH SPECS:
For Tensile strength, you get around 56MPa on the ISO 527 standard, not to be confused with the ~2800MPa on the ASTM D638 standard, but keep in mind the way your part is designed and the orientation at which it’s printed will have a dramatic effect on strength. You’ll lose a certain percentage in the z-axis, depending how the part is printed.
All data sheets are available on our online store, at visionminer.com/data, so you can find the tensile modulus, elongation, impact strength, and more.
SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS:
For UV-heavy Applications: it’s very stable, very good, so if you’re putting it outdoors in the sun, rest easy, it will survive.
Hydrolytic Resistance: Ultem 1010 does not absorb moisture after printing. You can use this filament underwater, and it won’t break down over time.
Chemical Resistances in general:
Alcohols: Good, Acetone: Good, Chlorine: Good, Sulfuric Acid & Hydrochloric Acid: GOOD
Ultem 1010 will not work with certain chemicals such as toluene, benzene, and xylene -- if you happen to be working with those, we probably have some materials that will work, so check out our website!
Ultem 1010 is a great choice for applications involving aliphatic hydrocarbons, which are very common in automotive and transportation industries.
This is an insulative material. With a Dielectric Constant of 2.67, Dissipation Factor of .001, Ultem 1010 is compatible with UL FIle E75735, which certifies Ultem 1010 as a safe insulator for components up to 600 volt
BIOCOMPATIBILITY, CERTIFICATIONS, AND STERILIZATION:
Certified grade is biocompatible and approved for food contact with NSF 51 - it’s Food-contact safe and can be used in contact with food products, approved by the FDA/EU food-compliance standards
It’s also ISO 10993/USP Class VI certified, for contact with the human body, and can even be implanted. That is the CERTIFIED grade, so if you need that, we can get it for you.
You can also sterilize ULTEM 1010 in a lot of different ways, from steam to EtO Gas, Gamma Radiation, Autoclaving, and of course Dry Heat
Check out our other videos for the full comparisons!
At Vision Miner, we specialize in Functional 3D printing, especially high-performance plastics like PEEK, ULTEM, PPSU, PPS, CFPA, and more. If you're interested in using functional 3D printing and materials in your business, feel free to reach out, and we can help you make the right choice for your application.
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