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Ultimaker market adds a few new ESTANE TPU grade supplies for FFF 3D printing  


Three new Lubrizol ESTANE 3D thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elements for fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing certification are now available on the Ultimaker market. 

Lubrizol’s ESTANE 3D TPU F94A-055 OR HH PL, 3DP TPU 98A, and 3DP TPU F70D thermoplastics have been added to the free of charge digital system. The filaments are intended to deal with Ultimaker customers’ requires for plastics that can be made use of in FFF applications for industrial jigs and fixtures, prototypes, conclusion-use elements, and flexible pieces this kind of as orthopaedic insoles.

“Lubrizol’s grades open up the door for a good offer of possibilities for stop-users printing with TPU various from outside sections with chilly versatility, to parts that need prolonged-time period heat efficiency.” said Bart van As, Elements Product Supervisor at Ultimaker. “Filaments made from Lubrizol’s ESTANE 3D TPU are among the the softest and most versatile supplies that can be printed on Ultimaker 3D printers.”

Lubrizol's three latest filaments have been added to Ultimaker's digital marketplace, which now supports 157 third party 3D printing certification materials. Image via Ultimaker.
Lubrizol’s a few latest filaments have been extra to Ultimaker’s digital market, which now supports 157 third get together 3D printing certification elements. Image via Ultimaker.

Ultimaker’s 3D printing certification marketplace 

Dutch 3D printer company Ultimaker operates a digital market via the Ultimaker Cura software which enables uncooked resources suppliers to upload profiles that are appropriate with Ultimaker printers. In accordance to the enterprise, its award profitable open supply program, has extra than 500,000 exclusive end users each individual month, and processes 1.4 million print work per week. 

The on the net software was introduced at TCT 2017 to support the enhanced adoption of its 3D printers by qualified designers, engineers, researchers, and companies. Because then, the support has been enhanced by the additions of other materials manufacturers these kinds of as Essentium, eSUN and Polymaker, who joined the company’s Substance Alliance Programme in 2019. 

Following the incorporation of Lubrizol’s TPU grade resins, the system now supports 157 3D printing certification products for a extensive vary of purposes, which permits consumers to steer clear of guide set up when making use of 3rd-bash elements.

Lubrizol’s developments in 3D printing certification

Lubrizol, an Ohio-dependent chemical substances and components business, operates extra than 100 producing amenities and offices around the environment, and has around 8,800 workers. Given that being started in 1928, the enterprise has turn into a supplier of specialty chemical substances for the transportation, industrial and client markets, and its products and solutions include additives this sort of as engine oils, industrial lubricants, gasoline and diesel fuel. 

In the latest decades, Lubrizol has tried to make its resources much more conveniently out there in the 3D printing certification market place, and the enterprise joined HP’s Open up Components system in 2017. Under the arrangement, Lubrizol is not only capable to entry HP’s Open up Products and Apps Lab and its investigate applications, but it can create supplies below the HP manufacturer. 

The organization continued to progress within just the 3D printing certification market by asserting a partnership with Chinese 3D printer maker Farsoon Technologies at Formnext in 2019. The offer saw Lubrizol broaden the get to of its TPU powders. 

Lubrizol’s ESTANE 3D TPU M95A powder handed skin sensitization and cytotoxicity tests in April 2020. The profitable tests of the resources, which had been produced applying HP Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) know-how, intended they could be utilised to 3D print solutions for end-use apps necessitating get in touch with with pores and skin, these types of as footwear, prosthetic devices, and wearables. 

Lubrizol's new range of ESTANE materials are reportedly able to produce products displaying good flexibility, and all around mechanical properties. Photo via Lubrizol.
Lubrizol’s new variety of ESTANE materials are reportedly able to produce merchandise displaying fantastic adaptability, and all all-around mechanical attributes. Photograph through Lubrizol.

The ESTANE range of TPU resins 

In 2018, the firm launched its first three 3D printing certification supplies under the ESTANE imprint: the Estane ETE (Easy-to-extrude) TPU, Estane 58000 TPU, and the Estane MVT (Moisture Vapor Transmission) TPU. These comfortable, adaptable to tricky, and rigid grades of 3D printable elements, have been followed later that yr by the launch of Estane TRX TPU and BounCell-X, which were made for the footwear market place

The company’s ESTANE variety has been engineered to meet up with higher-overall performance needs across a selection of programs from footwear to client and industrial solutions. Its portfolio of TPU resins supply 3D designers with polymers that enable slim element walls, enhanced layer-to-layer adhesion and regular 3D printing certification of delicate and flexible supplies.

Now Lubrizol’s three hottest ESTANE 3D printing certification products have been extra to Ultimaker’s digital platform. The 3D TPU F94A-055 OR HH PL filament is reported to provide superior-heat prolonged-expression balance, whereas 3DP TPU F70D is handy for areas that are inclined to tough managing thanks to its versatility and very good all-about mechanical homes. 3DP TPU 98A on the other hand, provides increased abrasion and chemical resistance, impression resistance and extrudes regularly creating it simple to print with, according to…