We have seen a lot from 3D Printers in recent years. These days, these impressive machines have been instrumental in, not merely providing artistic pieces, but vehicles, homes, and even food. A lot has changed since PLA plastics were the primary material for 3D Printers and thankfully, the advancements made in metals, composites, wood, and many other material options has drastically advanced the 3D Printing industry to increasingly greater heights. 2020 is seeing some new materials for the industry and we could not be more pleased.

KFC Chicken 3D Printed?

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. KFC recently announced its plans for producing a more environmentally friendly version of its famous chicken, and it will be using 3D Printers to get it done. This is actually not a publicity stunt, but a response to diners who want more plant based options. As of right now, vegetarians can order side dishes, but no real meatless options are available for the main entre. Soon, however, the fried chicken landscape will look remarkably different.

Fast food industries such as Burger King had introduced meatless burgers, but KFC will be the first of the fast food chains to use 3D Printing in their creative model. According the company, the project is titled, “Meat of the Future” and supposedly, it looks exactly the same without the loss of any chicken lives. Essentially, plant based materials are used within 3D Printers to produce a chicken piece. Imagine ordering the un-chicken at KFC and watching them produce it before your eyes in a 3D Printer. It sounds like science fiction, but with the help of 3D Printing Solutions, a Russian based Biotechnology Company, KFC is making it happen.

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KFC’s 3D Printed Chicken designed to give vegetarian diners an new dining option as well as saving a lot of chicken in the process.

Medical Materials for Dentures

3D Printers have certainly made their mark in many industries and the medical field is one that has shown tremendous progress in recent years. The addition of bio materials that perform perfectly within the body is great for amputees and even organ transplants, but in 2020, the focus is on the dental industry primarily.

Dental implants are growing in popularity, yet the task of waiting on the implant and getting it installed can be tiresome. The dental industry is looking to streamline the process with the use of 3D Printers along with a specialised material called Next Dent. Next Dent is FDA approved and now being used to make a variety of dental implants from general false teeth to bridges and more intricate implants within the mouth. This material, like other 3D Printed medical implants is safe for use in the human body and more dentists are looking to employ 3D Printers into their in house equipment to provide fast and serviceable implants for their patients.

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Next Dent the first FDA Approved 3D Printed material for dental implants.

EXTEM AMHH811F

Although the name might need a bit of work before reaching mainstream, EXTEM AMHH811F is actually a revolutionary 3D Printed material that will positively impact industries throughout the world. An increased need for heat resistant materials is on the rise in the 3D Printing industry. EXTEM AMHH811F is a material that can reach temperatures up to 230 Celsius heat deflection and 247 Celsius glass transition. Currently, this material boasts the highest temperature grade of any 3D Printer material on record.

This sector of high intensity materials known as HSE or High Speed Extrusion is ideal for the aerospace industry, semiconductors, and anywhere else that requires intense heat and pressure applied to 3D Printed materials. Although this form of material is still largely in the testing phase, you will likely see its use in the coming years in a range of different industries to provide strong, dependable, and heat resistant 3D Printed pieces.

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Table showing EXTEM AMHH811F Filament for 3D Printing high temperature models

2020 has been a rollercoaster ride for many of us, but thankfully, the unstable economies and many questions about every aspect of life has not impacted the 3D Printing industry in a negative way. We are holding our breaths to see what is next for 3D Printers and the materials that allow us to make our amazing prototypes, artwork, and anything else our minds can dream up. Happy 3D Printing!

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