Introducing 3D Universe Terrafilum Materials
June 08, 2023
3D Universe is very excited to introduce our partnership with Terrafilum Engineered Filaments! Terrafilum was started with one idea in mind: to develop and provide 3D printer users the highest-quality, eco-friendly 3D printing filament solutions on the market. Together, we set out to exceed all our customers’ 3D printing needs.
We have accomplished that goal, and we do it right here in America!
From the very first day that we began talking with their team, it became very clear that there were some very strong synergies between our companies. Our core philosophies, our core values and a lot of other similarities.
Terrafilum has a strong focus on environmental friendliness and sustainability, which we share and is very important to us. It is one of the reasons 3D Universe got into 3D printing – because of that potential environmental benefit. Just the basic nature of 3D printing means that you can produce products when they are needed, where they are needed instead of having things piling up in a warehouse and shipping it around the world.
We like that environmental sustainability factor, and so it was really wonderful to find a materials partner like Terrafilum that shares that core value.
When we look for new partnerships, it is not just about the product that vendor offers. Equally important to us are the people who are behind that product. That is what drew us to the Terrafilum team, and we are excited to work with them and share our partnership with you!
Meet Chris Jackson, President of Terrafilum
Chris Jackson grew up in Iowa with a physical disability that on the outward appearance may define him as having limitations.
However, he is anything but limited.
He grew up with a need to try everything. The biggest motivation for him was telling him that he couldn’t do something – like tie shoes! With lots of support from his close-knit family and friends, Chris overcame life’s struggles and developed a strategy for life along the way. With Honesty, Optimism, Planning, and Energy you can do anything and conquer any problem. Like his father, Chris found that he was pretty good at solving problems in a practical way. Engineering school was a natural fit.
Fast forward with 30+ years of experience as a Chemical Engineer and a prestigious MBA, Chris rose in the ranks of corporate America. He became a skilled coach, mentor, and business leader with a very diverse background having experiences in Chemicals, Plastics, Healthcare, and Custom Manufacturing industries. His eclectic passions never left him satisfied until he and Additive Manufacturing crossed paths.
3D Printed Golf Club Adapter for Limb Differences Leads to the Formation of Terrafilum
Chris has always held his clubs in a unique way – anchored under his right arm. Over the years, this constantly left him with abrasions from the golf club. He needed a new design for his grip, so he could keep playing.
Working with a major golf equipment supplier, he learned he wasn’t alone. There were other folks that held a golf club in a similar fashion. After hours on the range with the equipment designer, a prototype was developed. From the original concept, other designs were fabricated until the final design was put to the test.
Additive Manufacturing and rapid pro-typing helped to provide a real solution to the problem. Behind the solution was a material where we could get strength, chemical resistance, and coating adhesion. There wasn’t a lot of fluff or special circumstance. Just a real need, satisfied for a real person, to enable continued enjoyment of a real passion.
Chris understood that if he could coordinate this for himself, then he could help other people by helping solve problems with his material knowledge and what better way to do that then to serve the industries that helped him – Additive Manufacturing and Materials Manufacturing.
Several Months Later, Terrafilum TM was born. Feel free to contact Chris, he loves to hear from customers and loves to help people!
3D Universe Terrafilum Spool Recycling Program
Terrafilum was born out of the concept of being earth-friendly plus producing world-class filament. With that concept in mind, the business was built around being sustainable at every part of the operation, from material formulations, material production or all the way through to how we distribute the materials to the end-user.
We have developed many different sustainable style of spools, from corrugated cardboard from the recycled perspective all the way up to 20-pound refillable spools that people can actually send back and we can refill for them!
“The idea is that we don’t want to throw that stuff away and send it to a landfill where it doesn’t belong.
We’ve developed a recycle program with our customers so that people can have the ability to send us their empty spools back and get rewarded for that because if you are doing a lot of making 3D printed parts, you have a lot of different spools laying around and you really don’t know what to do with them.
Terrafilum is one of the few companies that will open arms take them back and be part of our stewardship of the earth, because that is what our business model is centered on.“Chris Jackson – President of Terrafilum
What Makes 3D Universe Terrafilum Materials Unique?
We’ve taken great care to create several types of recycled, and recyclable filaments to meet any level of demand required by our clients… big or small. When you purchase a premium quality sustainable 3D printing filament from 3D Universe Terrafilum, you will receive a product that has been carefully tested. During this testing, we ensure that the appropriate amount of recycled material has been used to create an environmentally friendly filament that remains stable throughout the printing process.
Like you, we also love our planet. That’s why we have painstakingly considered the environmental impact our products could have on this big, beautiful Earth. We determined that using recycled plastic for 3D printing is a fantastic solution.
We are happy to provide our clients with a recycling program that ensures the maximum amount of material that might otherwise be discarded as waste, is returned to us where it is recycled and repurposed into more of our wonderful product.
We intend to stay on the leading edge of this exciting new industry with our eco-friendly 3D printing filament. We will continue to stay earth conscious while developing newer, cleaner, and more sustainable solutions for all of our clients’ 3D printing needs.
Key Features of 3D Universe Terrafilum Products
All 3D Universe Terrafilum materials include the following features:
- High Compatibility – Compatible with most FDM Printers, consistent diameter, dimensional accuracy +/- 0.03mm
- Long Prints – Consistent coil, even melt for better layer adhesion, smooth nozzle, and extruder performance
- Superior Construction – Materials are USA produced using sustainable formulations
- Excellent Performance – Each batch is test printed to ensure quality controls and color consistency
Diameters: 1.75mm and 2.85mm
Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Black, White, Natural, Purple, and Orange
|3D Universe Terrafilum Tough PLA||Easy to print like standard PLA, but significantly stronger and with a higher temperature resistance. Based on Natureworks D870 resin.|
|3D Universe Terrafilum ABS/PLA||Industrial Grade PLA with superior flow and strength performance; designed for parts where PLA is desired but where the parts will be subjected to repeated use; ideal for parts that may need bend slightly without breaking during use.|
|3D Universe Terrafilum PLA/TPU||Industrial Grade PLA with superior end-use temperature performance and strength; use for projects where material properties are critical; ideal for working parts and end-use testing.|
|3D Universe Terrafilum PLA/TPE||More flexible style industrial rubber type PLA where added flexibility is required; ideal for parts subjected to more shock – couplings, grommets, fasteners, and clips.|
Please visit our shop for more information on our 3D Universe Terrafilum materials. Over the course of the upcoming months, we will be adding more material options to our inventory so make sure to check back often!