Can a 3D printer print flexible plastic?

TPU 3D printing offers unique possibilities that are otherwise unachievable with other 3D printing materials like ABS, PLA or nylon. Combining the properties of both plastic and rubber, TPU can produce elastic, highly durable parts that can be easily bent or compressed.

Can I 3D print something flexible?

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What filament is bendable?

Flexible filaments, commonly referred to as TPE or TPU, are known for their elasticity allowing the material to easily stretch and bend.

What type of plastic is used in 3D printers?

Nylon (known as polyamide) is a synthetic thermoplastic linear polyamide and is the most common plastic material. It is a well-known 3D printing filament because of its flexibility, durability, low friction and corrosion resistance.

Can flexible filament warp?

One of the prevalent reasons for flexible filament warping is to start printing without drying the spool of filament. Water pockets in the filament promptly turn into steam as soon as they hit the nozzle. Steam leaves the voids and excessive stringing in design.

Can Ultimaker print TPU?

On Ultimaker 3D printers, our TPU 95A is supported on the Ultimaker 2+, Ultimaker 3, and all S-line models.

Can Bowden print TPU?

A direct drive extruder will work best when trying to print flexible TPU. However, you can print flexible on a Bowden-type extruder but with some increased difficulty. We are currently working on flexible extruder adapters that will allow you to print TPU easier on a printer with a Bowden-type extruder.

Can TPU stick to PLA?

PLA can be glued with hot-melt adhesive; the only thing we have to take into account is that from 60-70 ºC the plastic begins to soften, so we have to be careful not to melt the areas of the pieces that we are going to bond.


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