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Introducing Maker Materials & the New Improved Elasto Plastic


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Hi Duann!

Great video going over the properties.

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?

Thanks! :-D
#1 James William Kincaid III (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 03:40 (Reply)
Thanks James

We will be updating the material page with the MSDS and technical details ASAP.
#2 Duann on 2013-05-30 03:54 (Reply)
Very cool guys! I can't seem to select it yet (Yes, it's my own model). Is it just taking a while to get updated or is it not ready yet? If it's the latter, when will it be ready?
#3 Nate on 2013-05-30 03:57 (Reply)
Hi Nate,

what is your model URL number i.e..
#4 Duann on 2013-05-30 04:02 (Reply)
Here's one
#5 Nate on 2013-05-30 05:38 (Reply)
same for:
#6 Magic (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 05:45 (Reply)
This has been fixed!

My apologies for the inconvenience.
#7 Mitchell on 2013-05-30 09:19 (Reply)
It is available in the material list now. But I still cannot select it... :-(
#8 Magic (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 09:47 (Reply)
I don't see in in the material list..... ???
#9 Stony Smith on 2013-05-30 10:48 (Reply)
So this "Maker Material" means we can buy, but not sell it (yet?)

If I understand correctly, this means we can see it in the enable materials list, but not actually enable it. (yet)

It does also show up in the buy your own model material list and was selectable for me.
In both lists it was at the bottom.
#10 Stijn / Virtox on 2013-05-30 12:00 (Reply)
Then again on some models it does not show at all (yet?)
#11 Stijn / Virtox on 2013-05-30 12:02 (Reply)
"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."

Nice material! I remember Black Elasto was laser sintered (DuraForm Flex material). The new material looks like TPU, so how is it not based on the same technology?
#12 Mr. Funk on 2013-05-30 12:17 (Reply)
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... :-)
#13 Magic (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 12:48 (Reply)
This is not TPU and does not require post processing like dura form did.
#14 Duann. on 2013-05-30 13:49 (Reply)
I can't seem to to find the material available for any of my models?
How can I enable it? When I do edit model, I don't see it in the list.
#15 arthur on 2013-05-30 14:08 (Reply)
The database took a while to work through all models, should be good now?
#16 Duann on 2013-05-30 15:55 (Reply)
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?

Thanks for making this demo - good info.
#17 Lora on 2013-05-30 16:00 (Reply)
Hey Lora,

If you design a springy structure it may bounce, I DO NOT recommend ingesting this or any plastic powder or parts.

So maybe best to keep away from kids and pets.

You could put it in a dishwasher (on low) or washing machine to give it a good clean to ensure there is no loose powder.
#18 Duann on 2013-05-30 16:06 (Reply)
Is this elasto-plastic material food safe?
also assuming no high heat, like microwave or dishwasher due to melting?

would love to know!
#19 Mel on 2013-05-30 16:08 (Reply)
it works now! Thanks Duann
#20 arthur on 2013-05-30 16:08 (Reply)
Do you know the shore (hardness) rating of the material?

#21 Corey Renner (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 16:20 (Reply)
Does the material only come in white or are there other colors available now or planned? Can you provide a reference for the white, i.e. Pantone, or RGB?
#22 Rich on 2013-05-30 16:26 (Reply)
whats the minimum thickness for this material?
#23 ForgottenPrime (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 16:47 (Reply)
Wow! Very useful update! :-D Nice shapeways!
#24 Amadeusz (Mr.Trouble) (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 17:37 (Reply)
Hi there,

Minimum thickness for walls is 0.8mm, minimum wire 0.9mm as per material page where there are further details.

At this thickness it is not super strong and we recommend going thicker if part is under any stress.

Looking forward to seeing what you make with it.
#25 Duann on 2013-05-30 17:58 (Reply)
In the video, he said something about interlocking parts, but didn't go into it. Can you explain that further?
#26 ZV on 2013-05-30 18:14 (Reply)
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.
#27 Duann on 2013-05-30 18:50 (Reply)
Woo-hoo!! I love you Shapeways geniuses! Thanks :-)
#28 Andrea on 2013-05-30 19:04 (Reply)
Great news! And also, i love that jacket! Where is it from?


#29 Björn on 2013-05-30 19:06 (Reply)
Very cool material.
How air resistant is it?
Because this material could be a perfect way to print out insert balloons used for carbon production.
#30 Willem on 2013-05-30 19:53 (Reply)
Our Jack Russel is so goanna be happy with this xD

Jack Russel shoed :
#31 Wesley Günter (Homepage) on 2013-05-30 20:22 (Reply)
Thank you very much! It works perfectly now!
#32 Nate on 2013-05-30 21:51 (Reply)
This looks like it'd be potentially very useful for mould making. Would there likely be any issues with pouring resin into a suitably shaped elastoplastic receptacle?
#33 Stephen Schulze on 2013-05-31 05:50 (Reply)
I'm wondering if it will ever be possible to print glass. Why? Because galss starts from different powders so i think that is a reday to print material, of course with right temperatures. Cheers
#34 Lawrence on 2013-05-31 11:01 (Reply)
"Features on Elasto Plastic models may be offset from their location in the original design file - up to 30% on small models and 10% on big models."

Can you explain this a little more, or show a photo example?
#35 Marcus (Homepage) on 2013-05-31 12:47 (Reply)
That's so cool! Please share pictures when the shoes arrive!
#36 Henrik Rydberg on 2013-05-31 19:10 (Reply)
Looks awesome! Can't wait to test it!
#37 PeregrineStudiosArtistry (Homepage) on 2013-05-31 22:49 (Reply)
Have you tested any glue for connecting multiple parts? If you, can you let me know the glue/adhesive's name?
#38 Lining Yao (Homepage) on 2013-06-02 21:37 (Reply)
What's life expectancy before impereties start to change for the worst.
#39 james owen on 2013-06-03 06:40 (Reply)
3D printing seems to be getting a lot of attention lately. I'm happy about that because this growing industry will no doubt have an effect on every industry involving tangible manufactured goods.
#40 Ron - Wire EDM (Homepage) on 2013-06-03 16:35 (Reply)
I'd also like to know
#41 Nisse on 2013-06-03 18:29 (Reply)
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.

Also, black elastoprints would be awesome.
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#43 toms outlet (Homepage) on 2013-06-06 02:44 (Reply)
Is this material toxic. I am curious if it could be used in a fish tank. What is the exact polymer used so that I can research it, if that answer is not known.
#44 Aqua Novae (Homepage) on 2013-06-09 01:58 (Reply)
We will update the site with the MSDS as soon as possible.

I do not recommend use in a fish tank at this stage as there may be loose powder on some of the prints, depending on the geometry and we do not recommend inhalation through nose, mouth or gills.
#45 Duann on 2013-06-10 16:07 (Reply)
Any idea on the materials UV-resistance?
#46 Timo Ryttäri (Homepage) on 2013-06-14 19:41 (Reply)
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