Forward AM

Bio-based polyamide 11 for food and medical applications


Forward AM

Ultrasint® PA11

Derived from castor seed oil, this polyamide 11 powder for sustainable manufacturing can be used for food and medical applications, opening possibilities for innovative ideas in either market.

Ultrasint® PA11 makes for an interesting alternative to PA12 for 3D printing prototypes and small series. Parts printed from this material exhibit well-balanced properties, such as high tensile strength, elasticity and process stability as well as excellent resistance to discoloration. They boast extra whiteness and come with low water absorption properties.



Get details on data and properties of all SLS powders in the Forward AM portfolio.

Examples of applications using Ultrasint® PA11

  • Health care and medical applications
  • Non-specific food applications
  • Parts able to withstand high mechanical stress, such as hinges
  • Parts that come in contact with chemicals, detergents or oils
  • Parts that must not splinter in a crash situation

Properties of Ultrasint® PA11

  • Industrial-grade bio-based PA11 powder derived from castor seed oil
  • For medical and food applications
  • High elongation
  • High elasticity
  • Superior impact resistance
  • Weather resistant (UV)
  • Resistant to bases, acids, salts and oils
  • Excellent surface quality (very smooth)
  • Available in solid black with a deep mat finish as well as white
  • Refresh rate of 35-50%, depending on the application

Which 3D printers should I use with Ultrasint® PA11?

You can process Ultrasint® PA11 on most conventional SLS machines. We provide printer processing guidelines including parameters to help you get the most out of this polyamide 11 powder. In addition, consultancy and on-site is available to help ensure the material performs on your printer.

Interested in getting a sample part printed from Ultrasint® PA11?

Or want to talk to our experts?

Get in touch

Our services for Ultrasint® PA11

Services available for Ultrasint® PA11

  • On-site training with Forward AM experts
  • Process guidelines and consultancy on printing parameters for smooth printing right from the start
  • Support from our experts is only a click or call away

Contact us

Engineering and optimization services

  • Design optimization services for increased printability and performance of your part
  • Simulations for predicting part properties before printing to boost process efficiency
  • Consulting on and supply of functional and decorative surface treatments to turn 3D-printed part into marketable products

Find out what we can do for you


Related Products

Ultrasint® TPU 90 flex 

A highly durable thermoplastic polyurethane with a recycling rate of up to 100%

Ultrasint® PA11 Black CF

A PA11 powder reinforced with carbon yields exceptionally rigid end parts

Ultrasint® PA11 GB30

A bio-based material with glass-bead additives for extra rigid end parts with superior heat deflection properties


You have questions, ideas to share, or need help or support?
We are passionate about anything in 3D printing.
Get in touch and let us know what we can do for you!

BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH

Speyerer Straße 4

69115 Heidelberg, Germany

Contact us