The NEXT filament extruder is designed to process polymers and polymer compounds. Polymers usually belong to categories, which are clubbed under a common name. For instance, ‘ABS’ includes several different types of polymers. The variations are practically endless, which is why it is very important to pay close attention to the specific type of polymer you are using.
We have programmed the NEXT with presets for some materials, but these might need adjustments according to the specific type of polymer you’re working with.
So far, we have tested the following materials on the NEXT Advanced:
This list will keep growing as we continue to test more materials. You can follow our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up-to-date with our material developments.
Some important considerations:
-When polymers are heated, melted, or broken down in different ways, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released into the air. The amount of VOCs released can vary dramatically based on polymer composition, heating duration, maximum temperature and other environmental factors. Current research associates VOCs with indoor air pollution which might lead to minor skin and eye irritations, respiratory distress and cancer.
-Harmful materials such as hydrogen cyanide or styrene may be released when extruding certain plastics.
-The use of certain colorants and plasticizers during extrusion can have unpredictable effects.
-Pay attention to the Materials Safety Data Sheet and the handling instructions for the materials you are using.