Shapeways has added Addigy® P3001, to the lineup of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) supplies. This newest addition in 3D printing supplies is the results of a long-standing partnership between Shapeways and Covestro.
Addigy P3001 was additionally the subject of a Shapeways webinar, Addigy® P3001: Subsequent Technology Materials for SLS 3D Printing, co-hosted by Thomas Murphy, Senior Product Supervisor at Shapeways and Daniëlle Glasbergen-Benning, Utility Improvement Specialist at Covestro.
What’s a Thermoplastic Elastomer?
Addigy P3001 is a part of the broad group generally known as Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs). These supplies are straightforward to course of, constant in high quality, immune to quite a few variables, and protected to be used in healthcare purposes. Covestro leverages a long time of analysis and data in creating supplies globally; in truth, they had been behind the event of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) within the Thirties and PC (Polycarbonate) within the Fifties.
TPEs, common as rubber-like polymers, have been extensively utilized in sports activities and way of life purposes like footwear and protecting gear.
“Thermoplastics usually are not a particular class of supplies, however moderately a property profile,” states Daniëlle Glasbergen-Benning, Utility Improvement Specialist at Covestro. “The Addigy TPE is named a multiblock thermoplastic copolymer. On a molecular stage, this TPE affords each laborious and tender segments. The laborious segments are made from Polyester and the tender ones are Polyether.”
Additive manufacturing elevates use of those rubber-like polymers, permitting for personalization and customization.
Addigy P3001: Excessive Vitality Return with Straightforward Processing for 3D Printing
Addigy P3001 offers increased power return than most 3D printing supplies. This characteristic makes it a superb candidate for 3D printing purposes requiring a little bit of elasticity or a ‘spring within the step’ as the fabric stretches after which returns to its unique state after deforming.
This TPE is simple to course of and 3D print, with low smoke/odors related to manufacturing. Quite a lot of ending and post-processing choices like vapor smoothing can be found for Addigy P3001.
- Client items
- Industrial merchandise like gaskets
- Sports activities guards
- A uniquely tender and elastomeric texture
- Glorious mechanical properties like excessive elongation at break
- Shock and influence resistance
- Moisture and chemical resistance
- Straightforward cleansing, selling good hygiene as elements could be sterilized in sizzling water
- White opaque look
3D printed utilizing Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a strong course of that solidifies materials layer-by-layer, TPE (SLS) elements are pores and skin contact protected with cytotoxicity (ISO 10993-5) and pores and skin irritation and sensitization (ISO 10995-10) certifications.
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