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Olefin is an unusual material within the world of 3D printing because it has very low density without sacrificing strength and toughness. OBC is approximately 30% less dense than PLA and PETG filaments. That means that a 0.35kg spool will print as many parts as 0.5kg spool of PLA or PETG. Low density by itself, though, doesn’t mean much. OBC also boasts awesome chemical resistance, a low flexural modulus (i.e. flexible), and extreme resistance to fatigue. OBC is a strong, flexible, and chemically resistant material that also floats on water - it’s almost magic!
OBC has a low flexural modulus . This means OBC offers flexibility that other filaments just can't match. Its extreme fatigue resistance allows you to print things like living hinges without the printing difficulty that many super flexible filaments have. These properties, combined with excellent chemical resistance, open up new applications 3D printing.
OBC is easy to print and requires very little fine tuning with your printer. It is one of a few flexible 3D printing materials that is approachable to inexperienced users. Though easy to print, it still boasts breakthrough features that only Dow Chemical could design.
OBC is be flexible when a part has thin features, but can be fairly stiff when printing thicker parts. An example of this is a plastic milk jug and plastic cutting board. They are commonly made of a similar polyethylene material - one is obviously very flexible and the other is stiff. OBC is the next level of that very material!
Nozzle Temp: 160 - 200C
Bed Temp: 60 - 100C
Print Surface: Packing Tape (Polypropylene surface)
Print Speed: 10 - 40 mm/s
Actual density: 0.905 g/cm^3 (compare to ~1.20 g/cm^3 with PLA)
Total Spool Length: 321.58m (compare to 335.28m on a 1.75mm spool of PLA)
At MatterHackers we pride ourselves on offering friendly service, advice and support. Our prices are always the lowest in the industry when you factor in our free shipping for every item on the MatterHackers site (including 3D printers). Most of all, our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They have been 3D printing for several years now and are happy to answer your 3D printing questions. Have a question about the amazing capabilities of your new OBC filament? No problem. Feel free to give us a call.
In short, buying a 3D printer from MatterHackers is a holistic experience. We are here to partner with you through every step of your 3D printing journey. Additionally, we have all of the PLA, ABS, and Specialty Filament that you could ever need to design anything you can imagine.