Shapeways is proud to offer a market-ready solution for orthosis and prosthesis needs to all designers and businesses in the Shapeways community. Thanks to the partnership between Shapeways and industrial 3D printing tech giant, EOS, the nylon material PA11 will be made available to all Shapeways customers as of March 30, 2019. PA11 is a biobased polymer naturally sourced from castor oil and is known for its strength, ductility, and impact-resistant properties. With this launch, Shapeways designers will be able to collaborate with the medical industry to create customized medical enhancements using 3D printing technology.
PA11’s elastic and tensile properties are also ideal for use in aerospace, automotive, and other high-impact applications, making Selective Laser Sintered PA11 one of the fastest growing markets for additive manufacturing. Ideal applications for PA11 include:
- Orthosis and Prosthesis
- Surgical Planning & Tooling
- Electronics Housing
- Consumer Products
PA11 is a biocompatible nylon material that is optimal for use in exterior medical applications such as customized orthotic braces and prosthetics. It is tensile, durable, and impact-resistant with a high elongation at break point. PA11 will be offered in a natural white finish that can be easily dyed to any color. Rush manufacturing is also available for this material.