A fundamental goal of NEWMATT consists of the design, development and production of “green” filaments and fibers to be used as feedstock of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), and/or as reinforcing elements of next-generation composite materials.
Our main focus is on polymer matrix filaments enriched with natural, and recycled reinforcing particles, including recycled nylon, and rare earth metals. Such materials are combined in suitable proportions to achieve reinforcing fibers of composite materials and 3D printing filaments/powders. In most applications, waste materials are blended with suitable polymeric material and extruded in the form of FDM feedstock filament. When using magnetic particles as reinforcements, NEWMATT filaments are able to change their properties under the influence of external stimuli such as current, magnetic field, etc., and are well suited for 4D printing applications (that is, the additive manufacturing of customized prototypes/functional parts that can change shape/properties with time).