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Shapeways to now Offer Two New Versatile Materials – PA12 Glass Beads and TPU

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3D printing giant offers two new versatile maker materials for businesses of all sizes to purchase

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Above: Different functional parts made from PA12 Glass Bead material/Image Credit: Shapeways

Shapeways,  the world’s leading manufacturer of 3D printed goods, is announcing the release of two new high-quality materials, PA12 Glass Beads and TPU, a Thermoplastic Polyurethane. Adding to the maker materials offered at Shapeways, PA12GB and TPU are available for purchase for personal 3D models.

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Above: Battery Tank made from PA12 Glass Bead material/Image Credit: Shapeways

PA12 Glass Beads are part of the Multi-Jet Fusion Plastic family (formally Professional Plastic). The glass filled nylon will be printed with HP MJF technology and consists of high stiffness and high structural integrity. Previously, large and flat items have been problematic as they warp or distort during the cooling/printing process. PA12GB eliminates those concerns and issues as it is 40% glass. PA12GB’s resilience and strength make it the ideal material for medical, robotic and drone industries, particularly for applications including flat parts, fixtures and tooling. PA12GB will be available in two finishes, gray and dark gray.

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Above: Helmet made from TPU/Image Credit: Shapeways

TPU is notably durable and highly flexible. The Thermoplastic Polyurethane brings an improved elastoplastic to the industry. Its elasticity and natural resistance to everyday wear and tear make it a great material for the automotive and medical industry. Its endurance also makes it perfect for tubing, hoses and seals, improving designs previously using other elastoplastics. TPU is extremely versatile, also being used to create insoles, midsoles, helmets and even robotic applications.

Shapeways is a 3D printing platform giving access to small and midsize businesses at cost-effective prices. The 3D printing giant is also expanding the industry by offering materials often difficult to acquire to businesses who own their own personal 3D printers. Creators can upload their designs, select one of the new materials and get an instant quote.

About Shapeways: Printing in over 40 materials and finishes, Shapeways has factories and offices in New York, the Netherlands, and a network of innovative partners around the globe. Shapeways has over 1 million creators and has printed over 10 million products.


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