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EOS launches flexible, industrial-grade TPU 1301 3D printing material

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German 3D printing company EOS joins the ranks of other 3D printing companies today introducing a new additive manufacturing material. Further broadening its portfolio of 3D printing plastics, the company has launched EOS TPU 1301, a white-colored flexible polymer that offers good hydrolysis resistance and high UV stability.

The industrial EOS TPU 1301 material was developed to address a growing demand for applications that require elastomeric properties and easy processing—such as those in the footwear and sport equipment verticals, to name but a couple. The versatile 3D printing material can also be adjusted in terms of its flexibility and damping levels by modifying the structural design of parts as well as build process parameters. 

EOS TPU 1301 material

“The EOS TPU 1301 offers a great resilience after deformation, very good shock absorption, and very high process stability, at the same time providing a smooth surface of the 3D printed part,” added Tim Rüttermann, Senior Vice President Polymer Systems & Materials at EOS. “As such, the material is particularly suited for applications in footwear, lifestyle and automotive—such as cushioning elements, protective gears, and shoe soles.”

EOS’ new TPU 1301 material was developed in collaboration with BASF 3D Printing Solutions, which is an official EOS development partner. For those interested, the material is available as of today and EOS will be showcasing sample parts made from the flexible, industrial polymer at Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, Germany.

François Minec, Managing Director at BASF 3D Printing Solutions, added: “We are committed to supporting the industrialization of additive manufacturing and making it a mainstream production technology. As one of the biggest suppliers of TPU materials worldwide, we ensure the best match of powder properties to process requirements, a robust supply chain and batch consistency that meets or exceeds industry-specific quality standards—all essential factors in successful serial AM applications. Our close collaboration with EOS is key here.”

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault is a Montreal-based content writer and editor with five years of experience covering the additive manufacturing world. She has a particular interest in amplifying the voices of women working within the industry and is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM sector. Tess holds a master's degree in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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