Essemplex: a New Filament With Shape Memory Properties
Essemplex is a new type of 3D printing filament that combines both ease of printing and shape memory. It is a shape memory polymer (SMP) compatible with all the common methods of processing (thermoforming, molding and extrusion). What makes Essemplex stay apart from other similar filaments is that it can be reshaped after processing. It is rigid plastic that doesn’t need customization of temperature and speed. How it works? You can heat the SMP less than its melting point and reshape it without any material degradation. Essemplex was developed by CRG (Cornerstone Research Group, Inc) using MakerBot Replicator 2X. Using this filament will prevent printers from clogging up or jamming. Also it provides the opportunity to create things that a far larger than of typical building volume.
There is a special Kickstarter campaign dedicated to this filament. It is a good opportunity for 3D printing DIYers and professional manufacturers try this new material out. Users who have already tried the filament say it is unique due to its properties and abilities. The company behind Essemplex is now looking for funds to increase the variety of the possible filaments and to bring all of them to the market. They buy raw materials whole sale, which allows them reduce prices and make Essemplex more affordable.
Funds raised on Kickstarter will help to improve the process of production of the filament and increase the number of productions. If Essemplex launch is successful, CRG will start a related business focusing on the product portfolio. Also the first sales of the filament will indicate the specifications to which they will have to pay particular attention, like variations in colour, temperature for changing shape, the ability to change colour with changes in temperature, additional visual effects (shining, sparkling and the like).
CRG’s aim is to bring innovation into our lives. You may become one of the beta-testers and help fast-track Essemplex growth on the market. Members of the Beta-test group will get 0.25 kg of the filament at the end of Kickstarter campaign. They will be able to share their feedback and determine the route of Essemplex development. All the products produced during the campaign will become part of the portfolio. The areas of particular interest include developing mobile phone cases, sport grips, hearing aids and orthopedic devices, sculpture (close to things made from glass or clay), body modifications (like masks) and other things.