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Shapeways Brings Us Elasto Plastic, Flexible Rubber for 3D Printing

Makers are always looking for new and innovative ways to make interesting things, even if it is only for personal use. Some makers design things for other people to use, and even for companies. 3D printing is becoming ever so popular. People are able to make simple things, elaborate things, toys, and even artwork. Where will it stop?

Shapeways gives us the ability to turn our ideas into products. Recently they showed off a newer material called Elasto Plastic, a material that is flexible, though it may not hold its shape when abused. Elasto Plastic is an almost rubber like substance that is stronger than traditional 3D printing plastics, which allows them to take a bit more abuse. Elasto Plastic is only an experimental material, and will only be offered for a short period of time, until July 9th, at the end of the trial Shapeways will decide if the material is worth keeping on their shelves. Important facts.

  • Not watertight
  • Not dishwasher  safe
  • Not recyclable
  • Not food safe
  • heatproof up to 90C/194F

If you plan to take advantage of this product trial, I suggest you read more about Elaso Plastic on the Shapeways website, as there is loads more information available to you. They describe how the materials react, and how they may effect a project you might make with this material.

Would you be interested in testing out this new material? What kinds of things would you make with flexible plastic?

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Shane Blume

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