BASF launches three new flexible materials for FFF 3D printing



BASF Forward AM announced the launch of its Ultrafuse Flexible Filament material portfolio for extrusion-based polymer 3D printers.

Ultrafuse TPU 64D, TPU 95A and TPS 90A materials feature soft but durable haptics, high mechanical strength and excellent abrasion resistance. It follows the launch of flexible materials Ultrafuse TPU 85A and Ultrafuse TPC 45D in 2018.

Suitable for a wide range of industrial applications, BASF believes that the new Ultrafuse flexible filament materials will enable the “easy, fast and cost effective” production of parts with “exceptional flexibility and impact resistance”. Developed from BASF’s expertise in providing flexible materials for traditional manufacturing, the company is confident that Ultrafuse TPU 64D, TPU 95A and TPS 90A will suit “the most demanding applications”.

Ultrafuse TPU 64D is the hardest elastomer in this material range and offers high rigidity and excellent flexibility, making it ideal for applications that require highly impact resistant parts, while Ultrafuse TPU 95A exhibits exceptional abrasion resistance, which makes it suitable for wear and tear. -tearing apps. Ultrafuse TPS 90A, on the other hand, has an “unprecedented soft-touch surface haptics” that gives printed parts a non-slip feel and feel, along with low moisture absorption and convincing layer adhesion. These characteristics make the material ideal for two-component parts and appliance handles.

“Flexible materials surround us in our daily lives, in automotive manufacturing and production tools, as well as in household appliances and consumer goods. In developing our flexible filament portfolio, we have leveraged the decades of experience BASF has accumulated in flexible materials such as Elastollan for traditional manufacturing, ”commented Roger Sijlbing, Head of Sales and Marketing, Business Solutions. additive extrusion at BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH. “We are now transferring this expertise to AM to help our customers achieve next-level industrial 3D printing applications with the best flexible filaments on the market. “

Each of the materials is compatible with all popular open source 3D printers that manufacture molten filaments. In recent years, BASF has been increasingly active in this area of ​​the 3D printing market, aligning itself with companies like Ultimaker, MakerBot, Essentium and BCN3D to make its materials compatible with their extrusion-based systems.

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