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Advanced material used in engineering to make mechanically resistant and flame retardant parts.

The PEI ULTEM 1010 is considered an advanced engineering thermoplastic containing ether linkages and imide groups in its polymer chain. Polyetherimide (PEI) has earned a place among the most powerful materials within 3D printing FDM/FFF, among which are PEKK, PEKK CF and PEI CF. In addition, this material competes at a general level with the most widely used thermoplastics in the engineering industry (polysulfones, polyphenylene sulphides and polyketones).

Relying on the vast experience and many years of research, the great French manufacturer Nanovia has obtained the PEI JNM 0803. The JMN 0803 behaves in a stable manner in all areas that allows its use in a 3D printer FDM. Next, the molecular structure of JNM 0803 is observed.

JNM 0803

Image 1: PEI JNM 0803. Source: Nanovia

The PEI ULTEM 1010 filament presents all the qualities that an advanced material requires. The thermal resistance is one of the highest in the market, having a glass transition temperature of 215 ºC and a maximum constant working temperature with a pressure of 0.45 MPa of 200 ºC. The main advantage, with respect to other materials (NylonStrong), is that at these temperatures the mechanical properties hardly change. This is because its great dimensional stability maintains the structural shape even when raising the temperature, something unthinkable with the majority of existing materials in 3D printing FDM/FFF. These qualities are used to make short cycle injection molding tools, carbon fiber lamination tools and other types of molds that are subject to high pressure and temperature values (Autoclave). Within this type of high strength molds are those used for the vulcanization process of plastics, such as rubber. Thanks to the PEI ULTEM 1010 molds can be made faster, easier and cheaper than current steel molds.

Parts printed with PEI Ultem 1010 filament

Image 2: Parts printed with PEI Ultem 1010 filament. Source: Nanovia

Another remarkable quality is the chemical resistance of this material to a large list of fluids: halogen hydrocarbons (benzene), automotive fluids (coolant), alcohol and aqueous solutions (sea water). This quality, together with its low density (1.27 g / cm3) and being a fireproof material, makes the PEI ULTEM 1010 a very common material to make final parts of engine parts in the field of aeronautics and the automotive industry through which liquids pass, oils and gases.

Something very important when it comes to manufacturing parts for engineering is that it doesn't interfere or produce derivations of electric currents. The PEI ULTEM 1010 has a high dielectric stability (resistance to transforming an electrically insulating material into conductive) and can manufacture insulating parts for electronic circuits or housings for electrical outlets. In particular, the application of this material in electronic circuits is ideal to ensure the operation, since the PEI ULTEM 1010 is a material with a large capacity of heat dissipation and frequency.

In the section of mechanical properties, the PEI ULTEM 1010 stands out when gathering high values of resistance in all fields. The Young Module (Traction Module) of the PEI ULTEM 1010 (3200 MPa) is superior to that of the technical materials of 3D printing by more than 35 %; Nylon-Carbon Fiber CF15 (500 MPa), PC-Max (2048 MPa), Nylon PolyMide COPA (2223 MPa). The Flex Module of the PEI ULTEM 1010 is 3300 MPa, again surpassing all conventional and technical 3D printing materials; Nylon PolyMide COPA (1667 MPa), ABS Premium (2000 MPa), PC-Max (2044 MPa). The rest of the mechanical properties can be consulted in the PEI ULTEM 1010 data sheet available in the download section.

Impact strength (KJ/m2) 5
Elongation at break (%) 60
Tensile strength (MPa) 105
Tensile modulus (MPa) 3200
Flexural strength (MPa) 160
Flexural modulus (MPa) 3300
Surface hardness 10
Softening temperature (ºC) 215
Vibration resistance Vibration resistance
Electric insulator Electricity insulator
Fireproof Fireproof
Moisture resistance Moisture resistance
Chemical resistance Chemical resistance
Hide color variations (Hide color variations)

To use the PEI ULTEM 1010 you need a great experience in the sector of 3D printing and a 3D printer qualified for it, since it requires an extrusion temperature of 370-400 ºC, a base temperature of 150 ºC and a chamber temperature of 80 ºC, that is why it is recommended to use industrial 3D printers such as 3NTR A2 or 3NTR A4 that meet all the requirements. To ensure a good adhesion to the printing base, it is recommended to use a PEI sheet to avoid the warping effect.


During the printing of the desired parts with PEI ULTEM 1010 internal stresses are generated, as in any type of plastic, which can be transformed into unwanted breaks or deformations. Eliminating these tensions is very simple and you only need a hot air oven and follow the following 5 steps:

  1. Place the pieces in the oven at room temperature (20 ºC).
  2. Heat the oven at 150 ºC for 1 hour.
  3. Once spent 1 hour, raise the temperature to 200 ºC and let one more hour pass.
  4. Lower the temperature again at 150 °C for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the 30 minutes have passed, the oven is turned off and the pieces inside the oven are allowed to cool to room temperature.

This process must be carried out by qualified personnel.

General information
Manufacturer Nanovia (France)
Material PEI Ultem 1010
Format Pack of 50 g
Spool of 500 g
Density 1.27 g/cm3
Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
Filament length ±163 m (Ø 1.75 mm-0.5Kg)
±61 m (Ø 2.85 mm-0.5Kg)
Color Native Orange
RAL/Pantone  -
Print settings
Printing temperature 370-400ºC
Print bed temperature 150ºC
Chamber temperature 80ºC
Cooling fan
Recommended printing speed 40-100 mm/s
Mechanical properties
Izod impact strength (ISO 1780/1A) 5 KJ/m2
Charpy impact strength -
Elongation at break (ISO 527) 60%
Tensile strength (ISO 527) 105 MPa
Tensile Modulus (ISO 527) 3200 MPa
Flexural strength (ISO 178) 160 MPa
Flexural modulus (ISO 178) 3300 MPa
Surface hardness (ISO 2039-1) H358/30: 140 MPa 
Thermal properties
Softening temperature (ISO 306) 215 ºC
Melting temperature 340 ºC
Inflammability (UL 94 @1.5mm) V-0 Class
Specific properties
Transparency  -
Additional Information
HS Code 3916.9
Diameter coil (outer) 200 mm
Diameter coil (inner hole) 52 mm
Coil Width 55 mm

* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend confirming the results and final properties with own tests. For more information you should consult the technical data sheet of the product.


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