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Elasto Plastic Trial ends July 20th [message #51244] Thu, 12 July 2012 19:33 UTC Go to next message
avatar natalia  is currently offline natalia
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Hi guys

The Shapeways 3D Printing Elasto Plastic trial is drawing to a close on July 20th. We are temporarily suspending this material to make improvements requested by the community.

Why are we putting Elasto Plastic on hold?

We launched Elasto Plastic as an experimental material that stretched the limits of 3D printing design. While we were all excited about the potential, there are a few improvements we'd like to make before it goes to prime time.

From a material perspective, the material's minimum wall thickness requirement prohibited cost-effective and super flexible models, which in turn limited the designs you could create. Elasto was also rejection prone, which was not a great experience for you, nor for your customers.

Though we LOVED the innovative and distinct nature of this material, we're going to put it on hold for the time being. We're exploring alternative processes to make Elasto Plastic thinner, airtight, and smoother. If you have any other feedback, please let us know!

What does this mean for you?

If you're a designer who has Elasto Plastic models available for sale
...If your models can be printed in other materials, all you have to do is ensure those materials are enabled on your product page. Given that the design rules for Elasto Plastic were relatively restrictive, most models that were designed for Elasto Plastic can likely be printed in WSF or other materials. We recommend testing these models in new materials before making them available for sale.

If you seriously love Elasto Plastic and can't live without it...Stock up while you can! The last day you can order a model in Elasto Plastic will be July 19th.

If you have any feedback, please leave it below.

Thanks for creating the future with us as we continue to stretch the boundaries of 3D printing!

Best,
Natalia

[Updated on: Thu, 12 July 2012 19:42 UTC]


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icon5.gif  Re: Elasto Plastic Trial ends July 20th [message #51416 is a reply to message #51244 ] Mon, 16 July 2012 14:17 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
avatar BrianEdwards  is currently offline BrianEdwards
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Shocked Thanks for the update on a truly unique material! I got an elasto object printed and I am excited to see how it turned out!

Do you think that there will be a new elasto "made in the future"?
Re: Elasto Plastic Trial ends July 20th [message #51499 is a reply to message #51244 ] Tue, 17 July 2012 21:02 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We hope so, but not until we find an elasto that works better than this one did!


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Re: Elasto Plastic Trial ends July 20th [message #53854 is a reply to message #51244 ] Mon, 10 September 2012 23:20 UTC Go to previous message
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These guys seem to have worked out the flexible airtight problems:

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/onepercent/2012/09/robotic -tentacles-can-pick-up.html

This is big on my wish list -- imagine creepy dynamic sculptures. The pneumatic control is also a 3D printing application (needs good mechanical
tolerances, maybe with the UV detail material ?).

 
   
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