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A partnership between Ultimaker and Magigoo producer, Thought3D seeks to accelerate the adoption of a wide variety of FDM thermoplastics and composites through improved user experience.

Good first layer adhesion and easy print removal is a must for successful and hassle-free FDM printing experience. This is often not true for a vast number of FDM materials. Often, the first layer of the print does not stick properly to the print bed or else, the print sticks so well to the build plate and cannot be easily removed after printing is complete.

A bespoke 3D printing adhesive applied as a layer between the build plate and the printed material offers strong adhesion during printing, whilst making removal after print possible.

Engineering grade materials, such as polycarbonates, nylons, and polyolefins tend to require the additional build. plate adhesion. These engineering materials tend to be more challenging to print with due to their thermomechanical behavior, and adhesion often show limited adhesion to conventional printing surfaces.

As a result, the use of a 3D printing adhesive as an interface layer is essential to get a reliable and successful printing experience.

However, choosing the right adhesive solution is not straightforward since a one-size-fits-all solution does not exist. While there are many potential solutions on the market and not every solution works equally well especially when taking into consideration the vast amount of FDM materials on the market. This presents a huge problem for customers that are moving to more advanced applications.

Thought3D’s full product line of Magigoo adhesives offers an excellent solution for nearly every FDM material available. Whilst offering optimized performance for consumer and engineering FDM, Magigoo adhesive also offer unparalleled ease of use and consumer support. Magigoo products are designed to be easy to apply, long lasting and ensure easy print removal and clean-up. The complete lineup is formulated to be environmentally friendly, safe to use, water-based, and non-flammable.

The portfolio currently consists of the following seven professional products covering the large majority of applications and materials:

  • Magigoo Pro HT (For High Temperature filaments)
  • Magigoo Pro Flex (for Flexible filaments)
  • Magigoo Pro PA (for Nylon filaments)
  • Magigoo Pro PC (for Polycarbonate filaments)
  • Magigoo Pro PP (for Polypropylene filaments)
  • Magigoo Pro PPGF (for Glass Fibre reinforced Polypropylene filaments)
  • Magigoo Pro Metal (for BASF Ultrafuse 316L filament)

Thought3D can develop custom adhesive formulations that meet specific requirements. This enables novel adhesives to be formulated for specific materials or circumstances where other adhesive solutions fall short. An example is the collaboration with Owens Corning which has led to Magigoo PPGF adhesive for X-Strand™ GF30-PP.

It is not surprising that the usage of Magigoo has been steadily growing. More and more industrial customers are now using Magigoo on a daily basis to achieve perfect prints with great adhesion and release.

This is perhaps best shown by Ultimaker, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, at its FormNext 2019 booth. 8 out of the 10 selected advanced engineering applications from actual customers made the use of Magigoo adhesives. The applications included functional prototypes, replacement and end-use parts for applications in automotive, defense, packaging, aerospace and industrial engineering. This highlights the fact that in almost all cases, Magigoo is the best adhesion solution on the market.

Ultimaker, as a result, has become one of Magigoo’s largest ambassadors. Lars de Jongh, one of Ultimaker’s application engineers said that “Application engineers within Ultimaker use Magigoo daily as their adhesives of choice because of the extra peace of mind that they offer and we suggest Magigoo products to our key clients”

Magigoo has established itself as the go-to adhesion solution for many industrial customers and 3D printer manufacturers. The extensive Magigoo range combined with its unparalleled support and Thought3D’s ability to offer custom solutions makes Magigoo the go to product for professional and reliable first layer adhesion.

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