Fortis3D enters the 3D printing filament market with unique custom formulations

Canada-based 3D printing materials start-up Fortis3D is pioneering the filament market with its unique portfolio of custom filament formulations and compounds.

Having made its debut earlier this year, the startup has created three product lines – Essential, Advanced and Industrial – to meet the needs of hobbyists, professionals and industry. The firm differentiates itself from other filament manufacturers by specializing in custom formulations and compounds, allowing it to modify different resins so that they have “extraordinary” properties.

“As the 3D printing materials market matures, we want to add value by creating innovative materials and pushing the boundaries of what current materials can do,” said Wayne Lam, business development engineer, Fortis3D.

“We know the market needs more high-quality, high-performance, sustainable materials, and at Fortis3D we strive for that as well.”

BioDuro PLA, Lignum PLA and BioDuro Metallic PLA filaments from Fortis3D.  Image via Fortis3D.
BioDuro PLA, Lignum PLA and BioDuro Metallic PLA filaments from Fortis3D. Image via Fortis3D.

Innovation in polymer engineering

Based in Ontario, Canada, Fortis3D’s dedicated team of engineers and scientists have backgrounds in polymer chemistry and engineering. The team’s combined experience is what gives the new company an edge in the marketplace, enabling the creation of unique filaments by modifying various resins to exhibit a range of superior and desirable properties.

All Fortis3D filament products are based on proprietary formulations developed in-house, while their production facility is ISO9001 certified. The facility also follows Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), meaning most of its filaments are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food contact.

Ignis PLA, SnapPrint PP and SnapPrint PA filaments from Fortis3D.  Image via Fortis3D.
Ignis PLA, SnapPrint PP and SnapPrint PA filaments from Fortis3D. Image via Fortis3D.

Advanced filaments for 3D printing

Fortis3D currently has three filament product lines: Essential, Advanced and Industrial. All of the firm’s filaments are available in 1.75mm formats, with 2.85mm coming later this year.

The Essential range of filaments is primarily aimed at hobbyists and makers, but can also be used for functional prototyping. For now, all filaments in the product line are PLA-based, however, the startup plans to launch PETG and TPU in the future.

First in rank is BioHard PLAwhich is designed to exhibit high toughness while retaining mechanical strength, and can be printed at high temperatures to achieve high elongation before breaking. BioHard Metallic PLA It is based on the same resin, however, it has added metallic and iridescent effects to deliver high build lines without the need for post processing.

Metallic BioHard PLA in Aubergine.  Photo via Fortis3D.
Metallic BioHard PLA in Aubergine. Photo via Fortis3D.

Next in the Essential range is Pilates PLA, a flexible filament with a Shore hardness of 95A. Unlike other flexible PLAs on the market, Pilates PLA was manufactured without the use of plasticizers and is ideal for soft touch or ergonomic grip applications. The product line is completed with lignum PLA, a PLA filament with 25% wood fill that prints smoothly without clogging. According to Fortis3D, parts printed in Lignum PLA smell and feel like wood, and can be sanded and stained to further mimic the material.

The start-up’s Advanced range of filaments, meanwhile, is aimed at professionals who want to make functional prototypes and end-use parts. The product line begins with SnapPrint PPa low-strain polypropylene (PP) material that fuses the light weight, chemical resistance, and other well-known benefits of PP with slight flexibility to offer greater impact resistance.

Second in rank is SnapPrint PA, a low-strain polyamide (PA) copolymer with high strength and elasticity for highly functional applications such as insoles and accessories. The filament has been designed to be waterproof, so even when the nylon gets wet, you can still print smooth parts with little thread. Fortis3D claims that SnapPrint PA is one of the most robust unfilled nylon filaments on the market in terms of mechanical properties.

Fortis3D Lignum PLA filament.  Image via Fortis3D.
Fortis3D Lignum PLA filament. Image via Fortis3D.

The final material of the Advanced range is PLA Ignis, a heat resistant filament with an HDT rating of around 95°C. Unlike other heat-resistant PLAs on the market, the filament does not require annealing to achieve high heat resistance, while its excellent mechanical strength and toughness make it ideal for high-performance applications.

Lastly, the company’s industrial line is designed to bring traditional industrial injection molding plastics to the 3D printing market. The filaments in this product line are designed to provide properties as close as possible to injection molding grades, without compromising printability.

The first filament of the range, nylon 6, is scheduled to be released later this year. Nylon 6 is a robust filament with high modulus and ductility that is often used for applications in the electronics, home appliance, and automotive industries. The filament’s excellent strength, abrasion and UV resistance make it ideal for producing functional parts for use in high-temperature and wear-demanding environments.

SnapPrint PP filament from Fortis3D.  Photo via Fortis3D.
SnapPrint PP filament from Fortis3D. Photo via Fortis3D.

Pursuing growth and innovation

Fortis3D’s novel 3D printing filaments are currently available for purchase in the US and Canada, and the company is looking to secure resellers and partners throughout Europe and the Middle East.

In the future, the company is looking to expand into the pellet 3D printing market and plans to add value to the industry with its expertise in polymer composites. Additional unannounced products are also in development, and the company urges customers to stay tuned in the coming months.

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The featured image shows BioDuro PLA, Lignum PLA and BioDuro Metallic PLA filaments from Fortis3D. Image via Fortis3D.

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