Mar.15, 2013

Materialise, the Belgian-based 3D printing service company, announces today the official launch of a new, highly flexible and durable material for 3D Printing: TPU 92A-1.

TPU 92A-1 is specially developed for designers and engineers who are looking for a flexible 3D Printing material that is durable enough to withstand the wear and tear of an end-use product.

(TPU 92A-1 lightweight cube showing flexible properties)

One of the most notable client of this material was Dutch fashion designer and guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Iris van Herpen, who is known for pushing the boundaries of 3D Printing in the world of high fashion. In January this year, TPU 92A-1 made its debut on the catwalk during Iris van Herpen's Voltage Haute Couture show during Paris Fashion Week.

(Flexible 3D Printed dress in Iris van Herpen's Voltage Collection, created in collaboration with Julia Koerner and Materialise. ©Michel Zoeter)

(The making of the dress)

"If you compare the new TPU 92A-1 material with other flexible 3D Printing materials, you will find a tremendous difference in performance," notes Materialise.

TPU 92A-1 is a special 3D printing material combines:

- Durable elasticity
- High tear resistance
- High resistance to dynamic loading
- High abrasive resistance
- Snappy response
- Good temperature range (-20°C to 80°C)

and can be used in:

– Small series of seals and gaskets
– Complex tubes, hoses and manifolds
– Elastic lightweight structures
– Components for the shoe, fashion and leisure industry
– Cushioning and shock absorption
– Rapid Prototypes of elastic components

Watch the video below to see the material being tested:

 

 

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