The NEXT 1.0 filament extruder is designed to process polymers and polymer compounds. Polymer names are usually combined under a general type. Such as ABS, a polymer can be ‘ABS’ but this does not mean it is the same type of ABS as another type also under this name. There are endless possible variations, so it is very important to pay close attention to which specific type of polymer you are using. We have programmed the NEXT 1.0 with presets for some materials, but these also might need some adjusting according to your specific type of polymer.
We have had experience with types of:
As we further our testing, this list will continue to grow. We will add new materials continuously.
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Warning: When polymers are heated, melted, and degraded in different ways volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are released into the air, though amounts 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.
In some cases it is unknown what the effects of some colorants and plasticizers during extrusion are.
Pay attention to the Materials Safety Data Sheet and the handling instructions of the materials you are using.