Printing a part that requires flame retardancy on an open system has often meant having to turn to materials that were overspecified for the application, simply because there were no alternatives.
Covestro has a solution: Novamid® AM1030 FR (F), the first UL Blue Card certified PA6/66 filament for open systems. Now applications can be printed that require UL certification on flammability, such as enclosures for electric or lighting applications, connectors and more. UL’s Blue Card program is specially developed for certification of materials for additive manufacturing. Novamid® AM1030 FR (F) is completely halogen-free, making it environmentally friendly.
The UL94 V test performed on plastic materials measures flammability characteristics, examining how the material either extinguishes or spreads a flame once ignited.
Validated in an UL-certified lab, Novamid® AM1030 FR (F) achieved a UL 94 rating of V-0 at 1.6 & 3.2 mm wall thickness and a UL 94 V-2 rating at 0.85mm wall thickness. This means that the material, after ignition, extinguishes by itself in maximum 10 (V-0) and 30 (V-2) seconds. UL requires Blue Cards for 3D printing materials to be printer specific; this material was tested on an Ultimaker S5 printer. Nevertheless, being an open platform material, users with any open platform fused filament fabrication system can work with Novamid® AM1030 FR (F).
Contact our experts to discuss how Covestro can help you tap into the full potential of additive manufacturing.