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Introducing 3D Printed Black Elasto Plastic : I Can't Believe It's Not Rubber


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thanks! this is awesome
#1 brando on 2012-05-17 17:37 (Reply)
"these rules are flexible and subject to change" - oh, groan! :-)

Are you going to pack the models in bubble wrap?
Restriction on making knives out of this stuff?

Seriously, looks like fun material. My only problem is trying to decide what to make first...
#2 lensman on 2012-05-17 17:40 (Reply)
This is soooo cool!

Crap I just ordered something with wall of 1.2mm, will that be rejected or is that a good limit test? ;-)
#3 Virtox on 2012-05-17 17:41 (Reply)
@Virtox -- shhh, we won't tell. :-)

It really depends on the structure. We printed a bunny at 1.0mm, and it's poor lil head broke. Very sad. We'll see!! At the very least, it'll help us test. =D
#4 nancyliang on 2012-05-17 17:59 (Reply)
So is this the sort of official version of the squishy contest material?
#5 Chris J on 2012-05-17 18:03 (Reply)

This is the squishy contest material...

Fun times
#6 Duann on 2012-05-17 18:06 (Reply)
We printed contest entries up to a certain point, we couldn't wait until all the entries were submitted and still print the models in time for the launch, unfortunately..
#7 nancyliang on 2012-05-17 18:14 (Reply)

And we are stretching your design skills ;-)
#8 Duann on 2012-05-17 19:37 (Reply)
Oh the puns keep coming! XD
#9 nancyliang on 2012-05-17 19:38 (Reply)
These are all amazing and funny object!... I LOVE Dino Hand!!! ;-)
#10 Dario Sapitta Design (Homepage) on 2012-05-17 19:48 (Reply)
Hi, did you print my suction cup design? Was it any good?
#11 peterhguk on 2012-05-17 22:18 (Reply)
Me, too, awesome indeed.
I keep wondering: how in the world these modern alchemists at Shapeways keep coming with bright ideas like this! :-)
#12 opresco (Homepage) on 2012-05-18 00:29 (Reply)
peterhguk, we did print it, and Nancy - correct me if I'm wrong, but since the material is not airtight (it's porous), it doesn't hold suction unfortunately :-(
#13 natalia on 2012-05-18 08:09 (Reply)
Is this stuff different than that shown in the earlier previews?
Iirc that was foodsafe and watertight?
Also looked a lot smoother?
I think it was in a webcast that showed it also in yellow and other colors?
#14 Anonymous on 2012-05-18 16:30 (Reply)
Yes, this is a totally different material,

The other was not available to us fast enough or in enough volume..

We may bring it on board later if there is enough demand.

#15 Duann on 2012-05-18 16:33 (Reply)
There were two different materials we showed.. this material is potentially available in other colors (yellow, navy, white, red). Any color in particular piques your interest? :-)

We decided to start with black first to keep it simple, and then expand if we see enough demand to justify additional R&D.
#16 nancyliang on 2012-05-18 18:18 (Reply)
Natalia, thanks very much for letting me know. I see from posts below my question that this is a different material from the watertight one. Please count me as interested in that other material :o)
#17 peterhguk on 2012-05-18 20:05 (Reply)
I just saw the post about this on Wired and it said under a picture of my pencil topper that it also worked as a "great eraser". Is that so? I put a notice that it wasn't an eraser in it's description, but if this is true I may want to change that.
#18 WillLaPuerta (Homepage) on 2012-05-19 03:56 (Reply)
Yeo, it erases!!!!
#19 Duann on 2012-05-19 18:27 (Reply)
When will the contest results be up?
#20 xGATOxMALOx on 2012-05-19 19:32 (Reply)
Awesome! Changes to my description made.
#21 WillLaPuerta (Homepage) on 2012-05-19 19:47 (Reply)
Contest winner will be announced later today.
#42 nancyliang on 2012-05-17 19:35 (Reply)
So...who knows...
I'm assuming those that won have already been notified :-(
#22 KGB on 2012-05-20 05:01 (Reply)
Yeah that was 5 days ago and I am sure the winners were notified but who knows if they weren't
#23 xGATOxMALOx on 2012-05-20 22:49 (Reply)
Wow, this flexible stuff is really awesome and super exciting, I remember seeing an announcement about something like this before. Seems like it will be really neat for a ton of applications.
#24 The Mind Forest (Homepage) on 2012-05-23 03:08 (Reply)
Obviously, we are going to print dildos!
#25 Andrej on 2012-05-24 23:11 (Reply)
Isn't; White, Strong & Flexible better for that?
It does sound better than black elasto
#26 Mart on 2012-06-11 07:15 (Reply)
what I would be interested in would be a way to transpose an object from solid to flexible then back again.....
#27 mark t on 2012-06-14 11:17 (Reply)
How is the trial going? Any ideas if this is going to be a long term option?
#28 GP on 2012-07-10 00:31 (Reply)
Is this material still available??
I wanted to upload a design but can't find the material any more?

#29 Paul Dutch (Homepage) on 2012-09-06 23:09 (Reply)
Yes, my question as well. Will this material be available as a permanent option?
#30 GP on 2012-09-14 19:25 (Reply)
This exact material is unlikely to be available again, we are looking into a better flexible 3D Printed material.
#31 Duann on 2012-09-17 13:34 (Reply)
Aj.. Shame..
Kraftwurx seem to have a felxible material that works..
Judging by the name they probably have an Objet Eden printer.

#32 Paul Dutch (Homepage) on 2012-09-17 20:20 (Reply)
Yes, that is Objet 'rubber like' material, we had tested that in the past and decided not to run with it at the time as it did not meet all of our requirements in durability and strength. We saw it delaminate fairly quickly and scar quite easily, if you have better luck with it I would love to know.
#33 Duann on 2012-09-17 20:27 (Reply)
Do you offer a similiar material for rubberized prototyping??? Do you have something in the works for 2013 thats better than this?
#34 brian mcloughlin on 2013-01-05 02:27 (Reply)

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