3D Printing has taken the additive manufacturing industry by storm and is being offered in many different fields such as sportswear, healthcare, aerospace, industrial, transportation, and many more. With 3D Printing, there are numerous different types of materials that are used for printing including the new Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU).
TPU is a flexible abrasion-resistant thermoplastic that is used in several manufacturing processes. BASF’s TPU material has several great features like high abrasion resistance, low-temperature performance, high elasticity, high wear resistance, and transparency making it a great choice for a wide range of industries in 3D Printing.
EOS’s new P 400 printer brings better material quality and faster printing. HP’s new Jet Fusion 5210 Series 3D printer brings new software, data, and services enabling manufacturing predictability. The new TPU printing material that HP and EOS offer is great for flexible and elastic parts and components, it’s level of flexibility makes it perfect for industries that have need of quickly done parts without the cost of molding rubber. TPU is a product that delivers a set of unique characteristics. It has rubber-like elasticity, which distinguishes it from the more common nylon 3D printed parts. TPU has generally been used to print products that need to bend or flex during application, such as sporting goods, medical devices, footwear, inflatable rafts, outer cases for mobile devices, and automotive instrument panels. It has also been used for industry applications due to its resistance to oils, greases, and a variety of solvents. Many companies look to the 3D manufacturing industry for faster development of new products and a quicker timeframe to market.
One of the most common uses for 3D Printing is prototype production. Engineers have relied heavily on Prototypes as they are key to any developmental process and allows those to test designs and find any issues that may arise before going into production. 3D printed prototypes solve many manufacturing errors and are great for displaying or using during presentations.
JawsTec, founded in 2018, is a Recognized Provider for HP 3D Printing Services. We strive to provide high-quality HP printed parts with superior post-processing methods. JawsTec recently welcomed the new HP Jet Fusion 5210 in-house and has been putting it to full use. Our goal is to lead the charge for small businesses everywhere and give them production ready parts for testing and customer use at an affordable price. Get your free quote today.