Belgian 3D printing giant Materialise is, as of today, the first company to offer HP’s new Ultrasint TPU material for its Jet Fusion 5200 Series. The flexible material, developed by BASF, is now available through Materialise Onsite and i.materialise as well as through the company’s offline prototyping and manufacturing services.
HP first announced its Ultrasint TPU material in May when it unveiled its Jet Fusion 5200 Series, a production-scale 3D printer. The material offers flexibility along with high surface quality and good mechanical properties, such as abrasion-resistance, shape recovery and shock absorption. Its unique properties make it suitable for a range of prototyping and manufacturing applications, including air ducts, complex tubing, grippers and seals, protective housings and covers, as well as footwear and wearables.
“For nearly three decades Materialise has offered its customers access to the latest and most innovative products, technologies and manufacturing infrastructure,” said Pieter Vos, Marketing Director at Materialise Manufacturing. “Together with our customers we continuously look for new opportunities to create true business value using 3D printing technology. Today’s announcement confirms that ambition.”
Materialise worked closely with HP as an early tester of its 5200 series, giving it an understanding not only of the additive system but also of the new TPU material. As an early tester, the 3D printing company played an important role in exploring and creating applications for the flexible thermoplastic polyurethane.
HP and BASF’s new material is now available to Materialise’s clients, both on the engineering and creative sides. The company says Ultrasint TPU 90A-01 is replacing TPU 92A-1 which it previously offered for selective laser sintering.