Covestro Addigy® P3001

TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer)

Selective Laser Sintering [SLS]

Material info

About TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer)

Thermoplastic Elastomer, or TPE, is an industry-standard flexible, rubber-like polymer material that is great for elastic end-use products. Printed using Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), a robust process that solidifies material layer-by-layer, TPE (SLS) parts are durable with high rebound properties and can include interlocking features. The material is skin contact safe with cytotoxicity (ISO 10993-5) and skin irritation and sensitization (ISO 10995-10) certifications. If interested in our Smooth finish for this material reach out to our sales team.

Color & Finishes

White
Available in Natural finish & Smooth
Black
Available in Natural finish
Natural
This finish has a slightly rough surface and a matte finish.
Smooth
This finish has a smooth surface and slight shine, created using a physio-chemical process to vapor smooth the surface.

Technology

  • Selective Laser Sintering [SLS]

Material Properties

Hardness Shore A (ISO 868)
88 (XY), 87 (Z)
Tensile Modulus (ISO 527-1/-2)
50 MPa (XY), 42 MPa (Z)
Tensile Strength at Break (ISO 527-1/-2)
10 MPa (XY), 5.5 MPa (Z)
Elongation at Break (ISO 527-1/-2)
>250% (XY), 50 (Z)

Description

Applications
Seals, gaskets, grips, handles, insulation, protective gear and footwear
Properties
Exceptional rebound properties, Excellent elongation at break, Soft touch and feel
Biocompatibility
Passed skin sensitization and cytotoxicity tests as per ISO 10993-10 and ISO 10993-5

Design Guidelines

Bounding Box

Bounding Box Max
190 × 190 × 290 mm

Bounding Box Min
X + Y + Z ≥ 15 mm

The bounding box is a 3D imaginary outline of a box that encloses the smallest area occupied by your model. Your model must be within the minimum and maximum bounding box sizes. If the size of the model is close to the maximum bounding box, then the printing orientation will be restricted.

Walls

Supported Wall Thickness Min
0.8 mm (Natural)
1.0 mm (Smooth)
Unsupported Wall Thickness Min
0.8 mm (Natural)
1.0 mm (Smooth)
A supported wall is connected at least on two sides of the wall, while an unsupported wall is connected only on one side of the wall. Walls that do not meet the minimum requirements may not survive printing and cleaning processes. Additionally, models may still be rejected based on the wall geometry of the model. Please consider the size of your model and reinforce the walls or add support structures as needed as minimum guidelines will not always be adequate for large models.

Wires

Supported Wires Min
1.0 mm (Natural & Smooth)
Unsupported Wires Min
1.0 mm (Natural & Smooth)
A wire is a circular, rectangular or even triangular feature that is thinner in its unconnected directions than its length. A supported wire is connected at least on two sides of the model, while an unsupported wire is connected on one side of the model. Wires that do not meet the minimum requirements may not survive printing and cleaning processes. Additionally, models may still be rejected based on the wire geometry of the model. Please consider the size of your model and reinforce the wires or add support structures as needed as minimum guidelines will not always be adequate for large models.

Details

Details Min Embossed
0.8 mm high & wide for details (Natural & Smooth)
Details Min Engraved
0.8 mm high & wide for details (Natural & Smooth)
For text, the ratio between width and depth, should be 1:1 and sans-serif fonts are preferred for line weight consistency.

Escape Holes

Single Escape Hole Diameter (Min)
5.0 mm (Natural & Smooth)
Multiple Escape Hole Diameter (Min)
5.0 mm (Natural & Smooth)
Escape holes are necessary to empty the support material of a hollow model. Two escape holes at the opposite ends of the model is optimal for the support removal process. Please consider the size of your model and make the escape holes bigger or add more escape holes as needed as minimum guidelines will not always be adequate for large models.
A single escape hole at the end of a cavity will not allow material in the corners near the escape hole to fully escape. So we recommend multiple escape holes at both ends of the cavity.

Clearance

Min
2.0 mm (Natural & Smooth)
Clearance is the space between two individual parts in a model. If the space among the individual parts do not meet the minimum clearance, then parts can fuse together or can be difficult to clean. This is important for movable pieces like hinges, gears, etc.

Sprues

2.0 mm thick, attached in at least 2 places per part.

Sprues are wires that keep two or more parts together. Parts should be connected with a minimum of two sprues each. Please consider the size of your sprues and increase them as needed as minimum guidelines will not always be adequate for large models. If the sprues are within the guidelines and are broken, but there is no damage to your model, we will still ship them as is.

Interlocking & Enclosed Parts

Interlocking
Yes

Enclosed
Yes

Parts in File

Max
Up to 250 (Natural, Processed & Premium)

Accuracy

Accuracy ± 0.25 mm , then ± 0.5% of longest axis
For example: a product with dimensions of 50x50x100 mm can be 0.25 mm + 0.005*100 mm = 0.3 mm bigger or smaller in any direction.

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