Here at Gizmo Dorks, we get just as excited about 3D printing as you do. Executing a crisp, clean print with state-of-the-art equipment always leaves us genuinely satisfied, but it is crucial to remember that your materials are just as important to a successful print as the machine itself. We have tons of different 3d printing materials to choose from, including PLA filament, ABS filament, and the one that we are going to profile for you today, TPU filament.
What is TPU Filament?
TPU filament gets its name from what it is made out of, which is Thermoplastic Polyurethane. In the world of 3D printing, PLA filament and ABS filament are the standard plastics used, but both lack a property that makes TPU filament so versatile, which is flexibility. Soft and durable, it is commonly used for making consumer products like protective cases to industrial products such as transmission belts. Another factor that makes TPU so easy to use is how easily it can be cleaned because of its resistance to oils and grease. However, it should always be kept away from fuels, solvents, and acids, as these can degrade and breakdown the bonds in its molecular makeup. Finally, TPU filament adheres well to many various surfaces, including glass, aluminum, and Kapton tape, ensuring general usage in many different environments.
Here are some specs on TPU filament:
- Net Weight: 0.8 kg per spool
- Tensile Strength: 11,600 psi
- Print Speed: 30 – 50 mm/s
- Print Temperature: 200-220° C
Since every 3D printer is different, please keep in mind that temperatures may vary. Some may require to be heated a little more or a little less. Get to know your printer to find out which range is right for you.
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If you have any additional questions about TPU filament, or any other inquiry in general, please feel free to peruse our site and reach out to us using our contact page. We know you are just as excited about the world of 3D printing as we are, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!