Z-PEI 1010 is the newly launched high-performance, thermally stable filament compatible with the Zortrax Endureal 3D printer.
It belongs to the same family of polyetherimides as the Z-PEI 9085, but with some key differences that make it better suited for certain engineering scenarios.
Z-PEI 1010 has significantly higher rigidity than Z-PEI 9085, meaning components 3D printed with Z-PEI 1010 tend to break rather than bend when exposed to critical stress levels. This makes it great for parts needing to retain exact dimensions – such as electrical housings, load bearing parts, and industrial assembly jigs.
Broad chemical resistance is another notable property of Z-PEI 1010, with it failing to react with most automotive fluids, lubricants, and halogenated hydrocarbons.
This ability means the latest Zortrax filament can be used to print various devices designed for operating at factories in contact with multiple chemicals used in the production process. Combined with low permeability and high strength it also means that parts 3D printed with this material can withstand relatively high pressures and can serve as gaskets or seals.
While its melt temperature is lower than that of PEEK, the HDT (Heat Deflection Temperature) is slightly higher and stands at 208° C. This means that the new material exhibits high thermal stability and retains its shape when exposed to significant loads in high temperatures.
Additionally, it does not contract significantly in cold conditions, and expands very little when heated.
The Endureal 3D printer is Zortrax’s answer to industrial FDM additive manufacturing, with a 200 degree celsius build chamber and high temperature printhead, it is designed with high-performance polymers in mind.
The Endureal’s array of sensors and temperature management aims to tightly control each stage of the process to achieve utmost precision and best possible mechanical properties of 3D printed parts.