KURARAY EUROPE Gmbh

Hattersheim Am Main, 
Germany
  • Booth: 212

At RAPID + TCT 2018 Kuraray, the world’s largest producer of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) resin, will present a new biodegradable water soluble support material called MOWIFLEXTM. MOWIFLEXTM is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The application of MOWIFLEXTM as a water soluble support material enables printing of complex structures which can include moving parts in a one piece high quality print operation. In contrast to other polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) based support materials MOWIFLEXTM perfectly combines cold water solubility with high stiffness and low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. After printing is complete the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEXTM. Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

Visit our stand 212 to see our support material at work !


 Press Releases

  • Hattersheim am Main, March 12th, 2018 – Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at RAPID+TCT , Fort Worth April 24 - 26, 2018.

    MOWIFLEX™ as a biodegradable water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere that enables printing of complex structures, which can include moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

    After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™.

    Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU, TPC).

    Come to booth 212 and see our filament at work on the new Ultimaker S5 printer


    About MOWIFLEX™:
    MOWIFLEX™ is a biodegradable water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, sausage casing, injection molding, frac balls and diverting agents.


    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 8.500 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 employees. Kuraray is the world’s largest producer of polyvinyl alcohol and an international leader in the development and use of innovative high-performance materials for many industries. 

    www.kuraray.eu.

    About Ultimaker:
    Ultimaker has been in operation since 2011, and over the years has grown to become a market-leader; creating powerful, professional and accessible desktop 3D printers. With offices in the Netherlands, New York, and Boston, plus production facilities in Europe and the US, Ultimaker’s team of over 300 employees continually strives to offer the highest-quality 3D printers, software, and materials on the market.

    Ultimaker is booth #410


 Products

  • MOWIFLEX
    Biodegradable water soluble polymer based on PVOH (polyvinyl alcohol)
    Main features:
    - biodegradability
    - 100% water soluble
    - low moisture absorption
    - good adhesion on various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

    ...

  • MOWIFLEX is a biodegradable water soluble support material  for additive manufacturing based on FFF (fused filament fabrication) processes to achieve maximum freedom in object design. For best printing results please follow the printing guidelines below.

    Handling and storage

    MOWIFLEX is soluble in cold water, which makes it inherently sensitive to moisture. It was designed to be as little moisture sensitive as possible and can be used at a relative humidity of < 50 % for several days to weeks without problems. However, if not used MOWIFLEX filament should be stored in a moisture tight aluminum laminated bag with some desiccant.

    Print settings

    MOWIFLEX is sensitive to overheating, thus the nozzle temperature should not exceeded 225°C and during printing with the main material the temperature of the support material nozzle should be lowered to <170°C. To guarantee optimum adhesion to the main printing material, a reduced printing speed should be used for the interface layers.

    The optimum printing parameters might vary depending on the printer and software.

    Dissolving

    To dissolve the support structures in water it is recommended to use an agitated water tank at slightly elevated temperatures (ca. 30-40°C). MOWIFLEX will also dissolve at room temperature and without agitation, but dissolving will take much longer. Afterwards, the solution can be disposed of conveniently through normal waste water systems due to the biodegradable nature of polyvinyl alcohol. For disposal of large quantities please follow local regulations.

    A safety datasheet is available on request.

    For further information please contact mowiflex@kuraray.com