3D Printing FilamentsMaterialsPolymers

colorFabb unveils varioShore TPU filament with tunable flexibility

Dutch filament producer colorFabb has introduced a new filament to its ever-growing portfolio. The 3D printing material, called varioShore TPU, is a filament with versatile, flexible properties which is suitable for applications in the footwear and sporting equipment sectors because of its soft touch.

One of the more interesting things about colorFabb’s latest filament is that its flexible properties can be tuned to achieve different shore hardness levels. By adjusting print settings, the company says it is even possible to integrate multiple shore hardnesses into a single print. 

colorFabb varioShore TPU filament

varioShore TPU was developed by the Belfeld-based filament producer using the same technology it applied to create its lightweight foaming PLA material (LW-PLA) which launched earlier this year. This means that the TPU material has the added benefit of being more lightweight than other brands—though the weight reduction is not as drastic as that of the PLA-based filament.

The material is also notable for its soft touch feel, which makes it well suited for applications in footwear, such as shoe soles, or in sporting goods, such as for bicycle handle bars.

colorFabb’s new varioShore TPU will become available as of mid-October (and pre-ordering will begin early October). Prior to then, the Dutch company will be showcasing its new material—along with many other filaments—at the Kunststoffenbeurs 2019, a leading plastics and rubber trade show in the Netherlands.

colorFabb varioShore TPU filament

Material releases of the week

This past week has seen its fair share of material releases from the 3D printing industry. In addition to colorFabb’s new varioShore TPU filament, German 3D printing company EOS introduced a new flexible, industrial-grade material, TPU 1301; desktop 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot released a Precision ASA filament ideal for outdoor applications; Markforged launched Inconel 625 for its Metal X metal 3D printing platform; and 3D Systems launched several new materials for its Figure 4 system, including Figure 4 PRO-BLK 10 for digital production parts.

Tags

Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

Related Articles

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.

Privacy Settings saved!
Privacy Settings

When you visit any web site, it may store or retrieve information on your browser, mostly in the form of cookies. Control your personal Cookie Services here.

These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems.

In order to use this website we use the following technically required cookies
  • PHPSESSID
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wordpress_logged_in_
  • wordpress_sec

Decline all Services
Accept all Services
Close
Close

STAY AHEAD

OF THE CURVE

Join industry leaders and receive the latest insights on what really matters in AM!

This information will never be shared with 3rd parties

I’ve read and accept the privacy policy.*

WELCOME ON BOARD!