Lubrizol’s Estane 3D TPU grades
Three Estane 3D thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) grades for fused filament fabrication (FFF) 3D printing applications from Lubrizol are now available in the Ultimaker Marketplace. The added grades include Estane 3D TPU F94A-055 OR HH PL, Estane 3DP TPU 98A, and Estane 3DP TPU F70D.
Ultimaker, a global leader in desktop 3D printing, offers a material library called the Marketplace in Ultimaker Cura which allows partner raw material suppliers to upload profiles that are compatible with Ultimaker printers. Lubrizol’s three Estane 3D TPU grades fill demands from Ultimaker’s customers printing FFF applications for industrial jigs and fixtures, prototypes, end-use parts, and flexible parts such as orthopedic insoles.
“Lubrizol’s grades open the door for a great deal of possibilities for end-users printing with TPU, from outdoor parts with cold flexibility to parts that require long-term heat performance,” says Bart van As, Materials Product Manager at Ultimaker. “Filaments made from Lubrizol’s Estane 3D TPU are among the softest and most flexible materials that can be printed on Ultimaker 3D printers.”
ColorFabb C.E.O. Ruud Rouleaux recognizes the importance of Estane 3D TPU F94A-055 OR HH PL material for “its unique high heat long term stability.” John Hosbach, general manager of Village Plastics, says he utilizes Estane 3DP TPU F70D for parts that are prone to rough handling because “it provides excellent flexibility and good all-around mechanical properties.”
“Estane 3DP TPU 98A offers excellent abrasion and chemical resistance while achieving a high level of impact resistance. Most importantly, it extrudes consistently and is easy to print,” Hosbach adds.“We’re very committed to making TPU materials with easy to process and consistent properties available via the Ultimaker Material Alliance Program to provide long-term and sustainable solutions to all the end-users,” says David Pascual, Lubrizol’s global 3DP marketing manager. “By focusing on differentiation, our goal is to attract new applications and help increase adoption of Ultimaker 3D printers.”