i.Materialise Keeps Their Rubber

By on September 10th, 2013 in Service

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Earlier this year 3D print service i.Materialise announced the temporary availability of an experimental flexible 3D print material. Now they say this material will be available permanently. 
The material is indeed flexible and permits 3D printing of a new class of objects leveraging the legendary rubber-like property.
But there’s one fascinating catch. According to i.Materialise: 
We cannot sell or distribute objects made from this material in the United States. We’re still working on this issue and hope to give you some more good news in the future!
We suspect this may have something to do with the chemistry of the material; it could require clearance from one of the very numerous US regulatory agencies. 
While that proceeds, the rest of the world will bounce. 

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!