Lubrizol 3D Printing Solutions and colorFabb announced the joint development of new varioShoreTPU materials to increase foaming capabilities and present extra functionalities for additive manufacturing. varioShore is made with Lubrizol’s ESTANE 3D thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology.
varioShoreTPU’s unique filament technology enables a different hardness range to be
printed within a single 3D part. ESTANE 3D TPU technology provides lightweight and soft
touch properties, allows for the hardness to be lowered if needed – from 92 to 60 Shore A–, with the added benefit of expanding 1.4-1.6 times its original volume. The new
developments are a result of Lubrizol’s and colorFabb’s joint work on the next generation
of varioShore TPU with more colors and resulting in greater aesthetics in finished parts.
colorFabb launched in 2022 two new generations of varioShoreTPU: Anti-Bacterial
varioShoreTPU (with the added functionality of being anti-bacterial and anti-fungal) and
ESD varioShoreTPU which achieves a surface resistivity <100 Ohm.
“Lubrizol 3D Printing Solutions provides state-of-the-art TPU chemistry that best fits the
development of varioShoreTPU for a wide range of applications. Our strong partnership
and market insights have allowed both companies to unlock the additive manufacturing
(AM) segment with varioShoreTPU, a truly unique and differentiated solution”, says David
Pascual, global 3DP marketing & commercial lead for Lubrizol.
Gijs Houdijk, head of AM at colorFabb comments: “With varioShoreTPU we offer a velvety
matte, soft but tough, unique 3D print filament. By adding silver to the formulation, the
varioShore TPU is now also suitable for prosthetic and orthotic applications. 3D printing
will change lives!”.
varioShoreTPU foaming technology is today present at an array of diverse applications
such as automotive interior parts, drones, lighting, protheses, marine life, industrial
fixtures, and robotics.
Lubrizol 3D Printing Solutions is exhibiting at Formnext show from November 15-18, 2022, in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany. Visit Lubrizol at booth 12.1-F69 to learn more about ESTANE 3D TPU and varioShoreTPU.
For more information about Lubrizol, please visit www.Lubrizol.com.
To learn more about colorFabb, please visit colorfabb.com.
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