3D PRINTING

Braskem and Vartega, a new 3D printing filament recycling program

The new product is made from 100% recycled carbon fiber supplied by Vartega and optimized for use with Braskem's polypropylene

Braskem, leading producer of biopolymers in the world, announced its expanded partnership with Vartega, a leading recycler of advanced materials including carbon fiber reinforced plastics, for a new 3D printing filament recycling program.

Recently, Braskem expanded its 3D printing product portfolio to include new, innovative carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene filament for 3D printing ("CF-PP") ("FL900PP-CF"). This product is made from 100% recycled carbon fiber supplied by Vartega and optimized for use with Braskem's polypropylene.

Every box of Braskem's carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene filament sold will include information about how to recycle the used carbon fiber filament through this program. Each year 24,000 tons of carbon fiber waste is sent to landfill every year.

"We are so pleased to provide Braskem with sustainable high performance carbon fiber for their new 3D printing filament," said Andrew Maxey, Vartega CEO. "And by leveraging our recycling capabilities, Braskem and Vartega are able to provide an end-to-end solution for 3D printing customers. This collaboration is an excellent demonstration of what's possible with modern supply chains and novel solutions to traditional waste problems. Landfill is not the only option, and Vartega is unlocking a captive supply of valuable materials in failed prints, support structures, and filament scrap."

Carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene filament recycling provides for a circular pathway for material re-use and supports sustainability goals around eliminating plastic waste.

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