Orlando, Fla. — F&D Plastics Inc. was spotlighting materials for 3D printing filament and other markets at NPE2018.
Colorable PET materials for 3D printing were drawing a good response at the show, senior account manager Jena Traikoff said. The materials were developed in 2017 and commercialized earlier this year, she added.
Leominster, Mass.-based F&D also remains strong in making compounds and concentrates for housewares and horticultural products, Traikoff said. Its materials are also used in some Mega Bloks toy lines.
F&D operates two production plants in Massachusetts and one in Quebec, using a variety of commodity and engineering resins, including polypropylene, polycarbonate and ABS. The firm recently began selling compostable materials into the drinking straw market, Traikoff added, in order to address sustainability concerns for those products.
F&D celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. The firm was founded as a grinding firm by Roger Rosbury and moved into concentrate production in 1993. Rosbury's son Darren now serves as F&D's CEO, with Germain Archambault serving as president and general manager.