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KRAIBURG TPE offers super soft TPEs for 3D printing
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:11.Feb.2021

3D printing was once limited to prototyping, while is now more often being used for small batch production and manufacturing of spare parts. Thus, the evolving 3D printing technology, which is implemented in an open material feed system, provides enormous potential for significant savings of time, work and costs involved in developing new applications.


TPEs or thermoplastic elastomers are now being used as 3D printable materials for the additive manufacturing industry, especially when soft polymers are required.


KRAIBURG TPE, a global TPE manufacturer, has offered a slate of TPE compounds with a wide range of features, making them a suitable choice for various applications when it comes to 3D printing. The company also offers compounds with a wide range of TPE hardness, from super soft <10 Shore A to 66 Shore D.


The 3D printing technology allows the ability to customize designs to suit the specific needs of products. This is where KRAIBURG TPE’s THERMOLAST K product series comes into the picture.


KRAIBURG TPE has offered TPE compounds that are suitable for 3D printing.

The THERMOLAST K TPE compound allows the possibility for customization and different properties in the 3D printing process – like haptic surface touch for handles or low surface friction for smooth parts.


Furthermore, detailed surfaces can be produced with very soft TPEs. Another benefit is that a variety of color options are afforded with TPE compounds, allowing the freedom of design flexibility.


The 3D printing technology is gaining popularity for products that are targeted at outdoor activity usage and prototyping, especially in high-performance applications. KRAIBURG TPE’s compounds offer very good UV and weather resistance, enabling the materials to withstand the harsh environment and climate.


Other advantages of KRAIBURG TPE compounds are that they are well established with numerous certifications. For example, for the consumer market, KRAIBURG TPE compounds are in compliance with various regulations and approvals such as China’s GB standards (中国国标), EU Directive 10/2011, the EN71/3 European safety standard for toys, as well as the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 21.


Furthermore, KRAIBURG TPE’s compounds comply with recognized medical standards such as USP Class VI, DIN ISO 10993-4,-5,-10,-11, and VDI 2017 Medical Grade Plastics.


Offered in the range of compounds is the THERMOLAST M, which is a specially developed medical-grade TPE for medical, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic applications.



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