What is Flexible

This type of material is quite peculiar in the world of 3D printing, and in Imprimakers we have it available for printing on our web platform.

This compound allows you to reproduce the behavior and feel of rubber or rubber, and create ductile objects. They adapt well to demonstration or presentation models, and are very commonly used in elaborations of buttons, latches, jutters, non-slip or grip areas, etc. In the industry sector, this material is used as a protector for varnishes and silicones, since it does not allow adhesion.

Among the main brands of this flexible material, are NinjaFlex or Recreus, which distribute this thermoplastic elastomer that allows us to print flexible items with professional printers.

En Imprimakers ofrecemos la 

impresión en 3D por encargo en Flexible

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Characteristics of parts in Flexible

Flexibility and elasticity
Absorbs impacts perfectly
Nonstick material
Low detail accuracy
Does not allow cantilevered surfaces
Slow print speed

Available colours

Black
Pantone
Black
White
Pantone
White

Technology used

FDM or molten deposition modeling is a manufacturing process used for the prototype modeling and the production of small and medium runs . This modeling uses an additive function, depositing the material in layers, to form the piece.

A filament that is initially stored in rolls is used, and it is inserted into a nozzle that is above the melting temperature of the material and can travel in three electronically controlled axes. The nozzle moves to drop the material in the correct location, drawing the model line by line. When a layer is drawn, the base drops by a layer thickness (0.1-0.4) so that the printer can continue with the next layer.

When the model to be printed has sections that protrude or have a high angle, a support structure is created where it is considered necessary and printed on a material that can later be easily removed, in some cases soluble. This is done so that the model does not settle in the air, thus preventing the layer from falling.

Examples of this material

Properties table

PROPERTY VALUE TEST METHOD
Density 1,12 g/cm^3 ISO 1183-1-A
Strain strength 45 MPa DIN 53504-S2
Tensile breakage 600% DIN 53504-S2
Tear resistance 70 N/mm ISO 34-1Bb
100% elongation stress 6 MPa DIN 53504-S2
Abrasion loss 25 mm³ ISO 4649-A