i.materialise announces today that the company is testing its rubber-like material which were used for making the latest dress from Iris van Herpen together with Julia Koerner. i.materialise is putting this material on trial and inviting makers to test it.
During this trial period, rubber-like will cost 2€ per cubic centimeter (plus a 5€ handling cost per model). For each extra copy of your model, the handling cost drops from 5€ to 3€ per design.
Rubber-like is only available in black at this time. It can be used for accessories, haute couture models, designs that need shock absorption, squeezable models, gadgets and functional designs.
But note that the material is not a strong as real rubber. "The material is flexible, but of course the elasticity is limited and since the black dye is a post treatment you can't squeeze it a few thousand times." writes i.materialise.
Makers can order rubber-like sample here for testing. Unfortunately the company cannot sell or distribute objects made from this material in the United States at the moment. But i.materialise says it is working to resolve this issue.
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