Lubrizol 3D Printing

Lubrizol's Powder TPU for 3D Printing Passes Skin Sensitization Tests

April 6, 2020

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Lubrizol Engineered Polymers is pleased to announce that their ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A powder TPU has passed skin sensitization and cytotoxicity tests in accordance with ISO 10993-5 and 10993-10. This enables ESTANE 3D TPU M95A to be a valuable material solution for product designers exploring 3DP for end-use applications that require skin contact. This achievement builds on Lubrizol’s long legacy of developing innovative materials safe for use in skin contact applications – from consumer products to medical devices – and reflects Lubrizol’s ongoing mission to improve lives.

Skin contact suitability is the latest attribute to round out a broader list of benefits that ESTANE 3D TPU M95A brings to applications, including high levels of flexibility, durability, impact and chemical resistance, and energy rebound. Commercially available, ESTANE 3D TPU M95A is certified for use on the HP Jet Fusion™ 4200 series 3D printing solution – the only TPU certified as such. With an existing installed base, 3DP can be immediately deployed to helping solve critical supply shortages for Personal Protection Equipment needed to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

David Pascual, Lubrizol’s global commercial 3D Printing lead, announced, “After first developing a new innovative powder TPU for use with the market leading HP 3D printing platform, it is a great step forward for this material to pass this skin sensitivity testing protocol.”

Pascual adds, “This will benefit product designers who are developing applications that require skin contact including personal protection devices so urgently needed right now to protect responders and caregivers fighting the COVID-19 battle. TPU’s versatility, durability and barrier properties bring value in these vital applications”.

Skin contact clearance also benefits applications in footwear, prosthetic and orthotic devices, and wearables for electronic devices where the benefits of energy rebound and impact absorption are particularly important.

Visit our web page on ESTANE 3D TPU M95A for more information.

*Bio-based content as certified in accordance with ASTM D-6866.

**Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be available in all areas.

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The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, leverages its unmatched science to unlock immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world move cleaner, create smarter and live better. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol owns and operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world and has approximately 8,800 employees. For more information, visit www.Lubrizol.com.

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