CLEVELAND, Ohio, 14 November 2022 – Lubrizol 3D Printing Solutions has announced the commercial release of ESTANE® 3D TPU M88A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) under a selective availability program. This grade is exclusively designed and certified for HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 series, a 3D printing solution ideal for production applications. ESTANE 3D M88A is a flexible and highly durable material suited for production parts and the printing of complex geometries and lattice structures.
As a certified HP materials partner, ESTANE 3D TPU M88A has been developed in close collaboration with HP. ESTANE 3D TPU M88A is a soft, flexible polymer with excellent processing and unpacking properties for HP’s industrial-grade Jet Fusion 5200 printers employing powder bed fusion technology. It has gone through extensive development and testing at both our Avid Product Development and Lubrizol Advanced Materials facilities, together with our beta partner Prototal AB. A variety of applications will be showcased at both the Lubrizol and HP booths at Formnext from November 15-18 in Frankfurt, Germany.
The upcoming availability of ESTANE 3D TPU M88A starting in the first quarter of 2023 will allow additive manufacturing companies to effectively target a variety of final parts taking advantage of the benefits of HP’s advanced 3D printing technology. The new material is enabling much faster printing time, 45% less than the current Lubrizol TPU in the market. Applications can be easily unpacked at room temperature, allowing for free schedule production runs.
ESTANE 3D M88A allows for softer TPU-based lattice designs that can be dyed – rather than coated – to provide a wide range of color choices, resulting in finished colors that are brighter versus other TPU parts. The new material is applied in prosthetics and orthotics, and is well-suited for a wide range of consumer, industrial and automotive applications with great opportunities for customization and personalization.
“The team has been working diligently with our partners to develop a new grade that is flexible, durable with good aesthetics and design flexibility, while maximizing operational efficiencies for our customers by minimizing manual labor needed” says Gert-Jan Nijhuis, General Manager for Lubrizol 3D Printing Solutions. Nijhuis adds “Our material expertise and solutions combined with a broad portfolio of 3D printing capabilities enables us to transform customers’ visions into new innovations, providing end-to-end solutions. From prototyping to mass production, Lubrizol is fully equipped to be your collaborative development partner.”
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.
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, leverages its unmatched science and innovation to solve complex challenges for customers, drive sustainable and measurable results and help millions of people, communities and businesses around the world move cleaner, create smarter and live better every day. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol operates more than 100 manufacturing facilities, sales and technical offices around the world and has approximately 8,600 employees. For more information, visit www.Lubrizol.com.
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