TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) is an elastomeric copolymer, made up of alternating soft and hard blocks, which give hardness and flexibility at the same time.
This material is ideal for those applications where flexibility and durability are highly desired.
With Shore-A hardness of 98, TPU is a resistant material for several industrial applications, both mechanical or chemical. Moreover, it€™s been especially designed to improve the 3D printing experience.
Some suggested Applications:
- Industrial seals, gaskets, sleeves or hinges
- Soft-touch multi-material models or handles
- Flexible-joined multi-material models
- Protective cases Shoe soles, non-slip surfaces
- Springs, seals and shock absorbers
- Wheels and rollers
Flexible with good wear resistance ideal for shock absorption
TPU is a thermoplastic elastomer, able to be extended up to 4.5 times its original size before breaking. Its exceptional elongation at break and strength make this material superior to most filaments.
- Great flexibility, rubbery behaviour
- High resistance to abrasion, wear and tear
- Great resistance to oils and chemicals
- Excellent impact resistance
- Maximum elongation of 450%
- Withstand operating temperatures up to 60°C
- Compatible with PVA supports
|Extruder temp||220° C – 260° C|
|Min. layer height||≥0.1mm|
|Bed temp.||40° C|
For BCN3D Cura users:
Get a proper printing profile for TPU using the ones integrated into the BCN3D Cura. Download the latest version of BCN3D Cura.
To ensure good bed adhesion use Magigoo.
- Store it in an airtight container with desiccant Dry filament before printing.
- Place it in an oven or in a dehydrator at 60-70ºC for 6 to 8 hours.
- Recommended sequential printing: print one object at a time because travels leave residual material