FORECAST 3D, a specialist in plastic additive manufacturing from concept to series production, has announced its strategic partnership with Lubrizol, who recently announced the commercial release of its thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A. This material is the only TPU certified for HP’s Jet Fusion 4200 series 3D printing solution.
The strategic partnership addresses application development in products, markets and design considerations for the TPU powder. A solution for newly-designed prototyping and scale-up manufacturing applications, Lubrizol’s TPU material features processing and cold unpacking properties while providing excellent elongation and tensile strength.
ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A powder was specifically formulated with high volume production in mind and is easy to unpack at room temperature (comparable to polyamide [PA]), while maintaining key material properties like high elongation and tensile, abrasion resistance and cold flexibility; traditionally associated with applications in footwear, automotive, industrial and electronics industries.
Both FORECAST 3D and Lubrizol have partnered closely with HP to champion the industrialization of 3D printing. Lubrizol’s TPU powder has been exclusively developed for use in HP Jet Fusion 3D printers, which now runs on FORECAST 3D’s industrial-grade fleet.