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PTFE for Materials for 3D Printing

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  • Contract manufacturing

    PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) is known as a problem-solver, and it is the material of choice for a wide variety of demanding industries and environments. This high-performance fluoropolymer offers a unique combination of low friction, low permeability, a long service life, unique electrical properties, almost universal chemical resistance, and the ability to withstand temperatures from -200 ºC up to 260ºC (500ºF). Now, thanks to a revolutionary 3D printing process developed by 3M, it is possible to produce PTFE parts with complex geometries and ultra-fine details that are far beyond the capabilities of conventional processing techniques. This unique technology gives you more options for using this versatile material – without significantly affecting the physical properties of the finished parts.

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  • Our formulation

    Utilizing a tailored formulation based on our trusted family of 3M™ Dyneon™ PTFE materials, this 3D printing process is optimized to deliver final parts that meet your most stringent specifications. For more information, refer to our physical properties page.

    Research is currently underway to explore the potential use of this 3D printing technology with other fluoropolymer materials.

    3M does not offer material samples at this time, nor is this tailored PTFE formulation available for purchase. Because of the unique post-processing considerations for 3D printed PTFE, the best way to ensure customer success is for our experts to produce finished components in-house. Please read more about our manufacturing services and ordering process for additional information.

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  • The possibilities for 3D printed PTFE

    With custom-printed PTFE parts from 3M, it is now possible to create small parts with complex geometries or miniaturized features in a durable material with outstanding thermal, chemical and low-friction properties – custom manufactured to meet your application and business needs.
     

    • Expanded design freedom
    • Streamlined, integrated assemblies
    • One-off designs for testing
    • Short runs for market research
    • Complex parts that are difficult or impossible to machine
    • On-demand replacement parts

    Learn more about the technology and capabilities and the potential applications for 3D printed PTFE.


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Want to learn more?

Check out the links below for more information.

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Ready to get started?

Take our Tech Check and download the Design Guidelines (PDF, 217.10 KB) to make sure your part is a good candidate for 3D printing.

If you’re ready to get started, or if you have any questions, please reach out to a 3M expert.

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