1. 3D printing
  2. High flexibility

High flexibility
3D printing

Highly flexible rubber-like materials that have elongation at break greater than 50%.

SLS High flexibility Materials

SLS is used for both prototyping and small-batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.

Benefits and Limitations

Can produce complex geometries

Longer lead times than FDM

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.3% (min: ± 0.3 mm)
Turnaround time < 5 days Wall thickness 0.7 mm
Max part size 75 x 55 x 55 cm Layer height 80 - 120 μm

Standard TPU

TPU (SLS) is an elastomer with good tear resistance and shore hardness of 45D that is suitable for durable parts with rubber-like properties.

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FDM High flexibility Materials

FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.

Benefits and Limitations

Fast turnaround times

Print layers are likely to be visible

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Turnaround time < 2 days Wall thickness 0.8 mm
Max part size 100 x 100 x 100 cm Layer height 50 - 400 μm

Standard TPU

TPU (FDM) is a rubber-like, flexible elastomer with shore hardness 60A - 95A that can bend and compress. Lacks the performance of true rubber.

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