Distribution firm M. Holland Co. continues to grow its lineup of materials for 3D printing.
Northbrook, Ill.-based M. Holland recently added three new suppliers of 3D materials. The firm also announced the addition of its own additive manufacturing materials for machining and engineering applications.
"During this time of rapid growth for both the industry and M. Holland's 3D Printing team, adding strategic suppliers is a crucial part of providing our clients a wide assortment of materials to suit their applications," said Haleyanne Freedman, engineering market manager of 3D printing.
"Offering a comprehensive line card of materials is necessary for our clients to have high-quality materials that enable true adoption of 3D printing technologies into their operations," she added.
M. Holland's 3D printing unit "has experienced a surge of growth" over the last year, officials said. The group recently relocated to a 63,000-square-foot facility with 10 fabrication labs. The unit also has increased the size of its team by more than 50 percent to support high demand.
M. Holland's new supply partners for 3D materials are Infinite Material Solutions, Kimya by Armor and Taulman3D. For Infinite, M. Holland now can supply AquaSys 120, a water-soluble filament designed to support parts printed with polypropylene and nylon. Officials said the product is well-suited for applications requiring complex designs and a low level of post-processing.
For Kimya by Armor, M. Holland is distributing several ABS products, including EC (electrically conductive) ABS ABS Kevlar, and polyether block amide (PEBA)-S, a flexible and printable material. Officials said these products can conduct electricity through plastic, which can be useful in electrical applications.
For Taulman3D, M. Holland is distributing the firm's full product mix of nylons, support materials, copolymers, plasticized copolyamide thermoplastic elastomer (PCTPE), medical-grade materials and more.
M. Holland's own 3D printing line includes specialty prime compounds that officials said deliver high value and performance. The new products include grades based on nylon, PET and thermoplastic elastomers. Officials said all of the materials are flexible, versatile and easily printable.
M. Holland is one of North America's largest resin distributors, selling more than $1 billion in materials to more than 4,000 customers annually.