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Do You Want More Flexible 3D Printing at Shapeways?


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Woohoo! I almost deleted my model I made last year for this material today! Now I know why its stayed.

Bring it on!

Whats next? Higher resolution steel print?
#1 Anonymous on 2013-03-25 15:19 (Reply)
I want. I cant help waiting for it.
#2 takuro wada (Homepage) on 2013-03-25 15:25 (Reply)
You should not need to wait long...
#3 Duann on 2013-03-25 15:25 (Reply)
We may auto enable all designs that were previously enabled in Black Elasto Plastic...
#4 Duann on 2013-03-25 15:28 (Reply)
I am very excited about this.
#5 Mac on 2013-03-25 16:29 (Reply)
"Do You Want More Flexible 3D Printing at Shapeways?" Hell yeah ! Of course we do.
#6 ttoinou on 2013-03-25 17:14 (Reply)
Will this material be available in different colors?
#7 Sgowler on 2013-03-25 18:17 (Reply)
A flexible 3D printing material sounds like a great idea. This'll widen the possible applications of 3D printing even further, good work...
#8 Jason (Homepage) on 2013-03-25 19:45 (Reply)
Yes, there is still a need for these material! Would be nice to use it. Looking forward to testing it...
#9 DaBroNrw on 2013-03-25 21:17 (Reply)
Is this the one that was described as food safe when it was first mentioned?
#10 WillLaPuerta (Homepage) on 2013-03-26 04:23 (Reply)
must... have... black...
#11 patmat on 2013-03-26 12:26 (Reply)
Now I will have to try and remember the ideas I had before?

Give us some details, like tear strength, heat distortion, colors, dishwasher safe?
#12 drroogh on 2013-03-26 16:57 (Reply)
I need this! When will it be available?
#13 Jesse (Homepage) on 2013-03-26 18:42 (Reply)
How does this compare with that new flexible TPU 92A-1 material at i.Materialize? I presume it is not the same thing... but any clues?
#14 Alienology (Homepage) on 2013-03-26 22:44 (Reply)
We're currently experimenting with dye and other colored processes. However, to get it into your hands as quickly as possible, we're going to release it with its natural color to start and improve from there.
#15 Brad Dickason (Homepage) on 2013-03-27 00:56 (Reply)
Working on it!
#16 Brad Dickason (Homepage) on 2013-03-27 00:57 (Reply)
Whats with comments #6 and then #9? And what the frick is 3d publishing supposed to be?
#17 adam on 2013-03-27 04:39 (Reply)
VERY excited! Hopefully it will come in black!
#18 js on 2013-03-27 06:08 (Reply)
I am concerned about whether or not this material will become brittle when exposed to UV or with little wear. I some of us that order all the time, could get samples of this material along with our orders.
#19 j on 2013-03-27 06:11 (Reply)
That is right, we will quadruple check before we specify it as foodsafe on the Shapeways site, but that was what we were told in our initial briefing.

We did try ice cubes when we first had access but they did not release so well due to the texture, maybe it will work after polishing.
#20 Duann on 2013-03-27 12:13 (Reply)
We do have some samples in the office we have had for over a year now and they are quite inert, no delaminating or major change in coloration.
#21 Duann on 2013-03-27 12:14 (Reply)
Hey Alienology, we do not have any samples of their material yet but it looks to have very similar qualities.
#22 Duann on 2013-03-27 12:19 (Reply)
With any material the properties do change the the geometry of the design but here are some indicative details.

Tensile Modulus of 60MPa / 8700 PSI
Tensile Strength 8MPa / 1160 PSI
Elongation at Break 200%
Shore D Hardness 35
Melting Point 150c
Density 0.95 g/cm3

We will confirm all of these when we are ready to launch.
#23 Duann on 2013-03-27 14:24 (Reply)
#24 WillLaPuerta (Homepage) on 2013-03-27 15:24 (Reply)
Do you have design guides made up for the material yet?
Min Thickness? Holes? etc
Rubber baby buggy bumpers
#25 Tom Rust (Homepage) on 2013-03-27 19:53 (Reply)
Can you comment on maximum size? I have a prototype I would like to produce in this material...
#26 J on 2013-04-01 18:29 (Reply)
At the moment it looks to be a 300x300x300mm build area, we will confirm after further testing.
#27 Duann on 2013-04-01 18:34 (Reply)
Not yet, but it may be around 1mm wall thickness, more for wires.
#28 Duann on 2013-04-01 18:34 (Reply)
Yes please bring it on!
#29 elie on 2013-04-02 01:11 (Reply)
1mm sounds good, yes please bring it to as fast as you can...
#30 DaBroNrw on 2013-04-09 06:45 (Reply)
When? I've got anew phone I want to design a case for!
#31 drroogh on 2013-04-16 17:11 (Reply)
VERY soon
#32 Duann on 2013-04-17 18:39 (Reply)
I am also very interested in the rubber-like material and would like to know when it will be available. Is there somewhere we can subscribe for updates? The day it is released, I will be submitting several designs, and until then, I am just waiting.
#33 David on 2013-05-01 19:00 (Reply)
Hey David,

If you start designing for it now you can be ready to order when we begin the trial soon.

allow for 1mm wall thickness to be safe, we will post on the blog and most likely send out a email to newsletter subscribers so make sure you are signed up.
#34 Duann on 2013-05-01 20:21 (Reply)
You've already got a date when it'll be released?
#35 richard on 2013-05-14 10:21 (Reply)
I would be really interested in flexbile material.
What about a bellow? I would like to 3d print mine.
Any news about the release date?
I have some things that I need to print, would like to know if I can order all together.

#36 marin davide on 2013-05-16 11:18 (Reply)

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