Our mission at Shapeways
has always been to enable anyone to make anything they want. First, we
built a system to allow Makers to design and purchase models for
themselves. Then we created Shapeways Shops to enable anyone to launch a
business and sell their products worldwide. Now, we want to make it
easier for Makers to gain access to the newest 3D printing materials on the market and test them with us. Think about it like one big, global 3D Printing R&D team.
excited to announce the launch of our first 'Maker Only' material: a
flexible, rubbery plastic called Elasto Plastic! The finish, color, and
properties are not yet ready for sale to a wider audience, but it's a perfect
material for any Maker out there who can work with a textured surface and
maybe a little extra powder arriving with their model.
The new, improved Elasto
Plastic is a great option for Makers as it is an incredibly durable
material with a lot of really interesting properties such as high impact
resistance, flexibility and compression (depending on the geometry), along with a high level of static friction because of the surface
texture. Though not strictly water-tight, it can hold liquids, but it does
not like high temperatures or fire. It is a valuable addition to our 3D Printing material options here on Shapeways that we are sure you will
find incredibly useful and fun.
To all our hackers, tinkerers, and dreamers, this is the start of a new series of materials catered just to you. The models that you submit push the limits of our machines and materials, which in turn inspire us to make improvements to meet your needs. The experiments we see posted on the forum (dyeing your own nylon or testing out surface treatments) help us understand your needs, and often get integrated into our standard processes. We want to continue to work together with our community on material innovation.
Our first Maker material is an entirely new Elasto Plastic, and is not based on based on the same technology used for our Black Elasto trial we had back in July 2012. Although it is still very experimental, this material is much more durable with more forgiving design rules. Take a look at some of our test 3D prints and the video to get a better idea how this new material will work for you.
Shapeways interlocked cube showing excess powder caught in negative details.
Elasto Plastic's impact resistance makes it useful to protect your valuables.
Note some warping may occur depending on geometry of 3D model.
Macro shot of Elasto Plastic surface texture
Sometimes it's squishy
Not so good for very small things.
Check out the full design rules for our 3D Printed Elasto Plastic and the video below to see how the material responds to impact, bending, twisting, stretching and fire. Remember this is an experimental material and the design rules may change.
We think this new material will redefine people's perception of what's possible with 3D Printing and we can't wait to see what you make!
I'll think of more questions I'm sure, but two that come to mind are, what is the scale of that aircraft in the photo? Also, what is the technical name for this polymer and or is there a MSDS for it available?
Ah OK, this makes sense. Indeed I tried to enable the material for the model (by setting the checkbox) as if I wanted to set a markup. But if the material is only available for ourselves (I mean for the makers), no need to put any markup: we can alays order in a material that is not available for sales.
"Maker Only" material... Things are obvious once you explain them...
This is really an interesting material. Does it bounce? Or is there a condition under which it would bounce - like if it is a certain thickness or something? Also is it or the powder on it toxic? So if a toddler got some of the powder in his mouth or eyes, what would happen? Or he swallowed either part of the material or the powder, would he be sick?
You can print interlocking parts as long as there is a clearance of at least 2mm between components. In this way you can design and 3D print chain mail, or a fabric, essentially objects inside of objects.
Very very cool stuff. Can’t wait to get some parts printed in this back!
Out of curiosity, have there been any tests done in dying elastoplastic parts?
I know that white SLS nylon prints tend to shed particles without the dyed coloring on the surface to act as a binding agent and was wondering if it would help with some of the issues talked about in the video.
I get the feeling that the dye would cause some problems with the elasticity of the print but am wondering if it’s been tested.
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