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Frames made of natural3D

With the development of natural3D, a completely natural material can now also be used in 3D printers for the first time. This innovative new way of printing is a dramatically resource-saving process in which excess material can easily be reused. 

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natural3D is a 100% bio-based polymer made from non genetically modified castor oil beans which we use in our 3D printing process. This material is not only derived from a renewable source, it also enables us to produce the frames without creating solid or cutting waste, so the whole process leaves an extremely small ecological footprint. natural3D produces extremely robust and durable components comparable to those created with our naturalPX material. It is also solvent resistant and plasticizer free.

Our natural3D printed frames are extremely flexible and impact resistant. This robust material ensures that the frames retain their shape and are built to last. 3D printed frames are also extremely lightweight, in fact, they are 30% lighter than acetate. The cutting-edge finishing and sealing processes used during 3D printing produces frames with a beautiful finely pored surface, so they look and feel great too.

Sustainable aspects of 3D printing

3D printing is much greener than traditional manufacturing methods which are used to produce acetate frames. It is especially sustainable because it only uses the material it needs during the sintering process. This results in an exceptionally efficient, zero-waste manufacturing solution.

A significant proportion of the natural3D material used in the printing process can be recycled. After each batch has been printed, 50% of the residue powder can be mixed with new powder to create a new batch of products or printing filaments. This production method does not require any extra tools, so it also saves on resources.

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3D printing with natural3D

In simple terms, our 3D printing process involves sintering layers of powdered plastic into a solid structure. This is known as SLS (selective laser sintering). Sintering” is the process of forming a solid shape by heat without melting it to the point of liquefaction. The SLS process is carried out in 3 steps: Heating, Printing and Cooling.

Find out more about natural3D and our 3D printing process by watching our video:

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