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Filaticum Antibacterial is a special filament which provides antimicrobial protection against a wide variety of microorganisms. Its antibacterial and fungicide properties are based on metal ions. In objects printed with Filaticum Antibacterial filament, the built-in metal ion complexes block the metabolic processes of bacteria and fungi by an enzymatic reaction, thus preventing their growth. A similar mechanism is present at disinfectants, various preservatives, wash-off and leave-on products.
Filaticum Antibacterial provides lifelong lasting antimicrobial protection against Gram positive (e.g. Enterococcus, Bacillus etc.) and Gram-negative (e.g. Salmonella, Legionella etc.) bacteria, and different fungi, yeasts and algae fungus. Its use is advantageous where the presence of these microorganisms is harmful, e.g. in hospitals, shops, households, beauty salons. With Filaticum Antibacterial, objects exposed to microbial infection can be 3D printed.
The active metal ion substance is incorporated in the PLA polymer matrix, and it does not have any negative impact on PLA’s favorable mechanical and printing properties. Filaticum Antibacterial can be printed in wide range temperature: 195-215 0C, without changing antibacterial properties. Solubility of the active metal ions and their migration to the surface is very low, so the dissolution from 3D printed objects is minimal, providing long-lasting protection for the object.
The active antimicrobial substance has been extensively tested using internationally accepted methods: ISO 22196, ASTM E2180 and JIS standards.
Filaticum Antiviral provides antimicrobial protection for the entire lifetime of 3D printed products. The active substance, built in to the PLA matrix, has been shown to deactivate many kinds of viruses and has been tested to be effective against Feline Coronavirus, H1N1 and Norovirus viruses, among others. The latest tests (according to ISO 21702) by the producer of the active substance confirmed, that the reduction of Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) germs is much faster than in the control samples without active substance. Thus, the active substance can be used effectively in the protection against Covid-19, however, the antiviral activity of the 3D printed product has to be tested by the manufacturer of the final product in a specialized laboratory.