CRG has unveiled a new shape memory 3D printing filament called Essemplex that has been designed to provide users with a 3D printing filament that combines the benefits of shape memory properties with ease of printing
Essemplex is as processable as ABS, and as customisable as flexible materials and also provides the added benefit of being re-shapable after processing.
The developers of Essemplex, CRG explain more about the new 3D printing filament :
Unlike existing flexible filament materials, Essemplex is a rigid plastic below its activation temperature, which affords effective printing without the need for adjustments in speed and/or temperature. The innate shape memory properties allow users to further customize the material’s shape after printing. Because it’s rigid, Essemplex filament may be co-printed with an ABS filament, which broadens the design options for reconfigurable, formable, versatile and customizable objects.
Essemplex is a melt-processable, thermoplastic shape memory polymer (SMP) that is compatible with conventional processing methods, including injection molding, thermoforming and extrusion. Once formed, the polymer exhibits shape memory properties; the fully processed SMP can be heated to a temperature less than the melting point and reshaped repeatedly without loss of the memory shape or degradation of the material.
For more information on the new Essemplex jump over to the Kickstarter website for details, full specifications and to order some of the very first produced.