New Material Brings More Flexibility To 3D PrintingBy: Zach Walton - March 21, 2013
Most 3D printed objects are made out of hard plastic. While its great for some projects, others require a material with more elasticity. There’s already a few flexible materials on the market, but one 3D printing company thinks it has the best flexible material yet.
Materialise announced last week the launch of a new material called TPU 92A-1. The material is extremely flexible and can be used to create a variety of innovate objects:
Besides offering excellent elasticity, TPU 92A-1 also offers high tear resistance, high resistance to dynamic loading, high abrasive resistance, snappy response and a temperature range of -20°C to 80°C.
So, what kind of things is this material most well-suited for. Materialise says that engineers, medical professionals and consumers can use TPU 92A-1 to make:
The material’s application in fashion has already been explored as Materialise made a dress out of TPU 92A-1 earlier this year:
It will be interesting to see what designers do with all the new materials, including TPU 92A-1, being made available to them.[h/t: Fabbaloo]