Materialise Announces Flexible Material

By on March 21st, 2013 in Hardware, Service

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Materialise, the industrial 3D print service, has announced a rather interesting material: TPU 92A-1. Despite the awkward and mysterious nomenclature, TPU 92A-1 offers a legendary feature: flexibility. 
The video above shows the amazing flex provided by TPU 92A-1. Not only is this material flexible, but it also is resistant to tearing, temperature and abrasion, making it ideal for producing a new class of objects. What kind? Evidently TPU 92A-1 was used to produce the famous Iris van Herpen 3D printed dress earlier this year. 
We expect to see many functional objects start to emerge from Materialise’s 3D printer farm, including not only dresses, but shoes, household objects and toys. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!