Not sure if we should still be expecting this Q2 update of materials since there have been no progress updates or requests for feedback but I wanting to throw these two point out there because I haven’t heard them discussed yet.
1. Current system conflates general terms, chemical names, trade names, and brand names for materials.
Couple of Examples:
- Colofabb XT (brand name) PETG (chemical name)
- Delrin (brand name) Acatal (trade name) POM (chemical name)
- Ninjaflex (brand name) TPE (chemical name)
2. A real material classification with the ability to search for properties of the materials would be ideal.
Flexibility, safe for food contact, can be sterilized, high temp resistance, conductivity, ESD safe, low friction, UV resistance, solvent resistance, etc…
I make functional prototypes so one of the main reasons I have a large catalogue of materials is so I can match materials used in final production as closely as possible. Would love a system that helps my customers instead of confuses them.
How long will “rubber like plastics” only display one proprietary material from one manufacturer?
Nothing against the Markforge, but is it so popular that its proprietary materials need their own category also? Is there some partnership with 3d hubs that gives these specific machines unique classification/promotion?