3D Printing with soft-touch material
Rubber-like 3D printing materials add a new dimension to 3D printing, allowing designers to accurately simulate the pliability, flexibility and feel of a finished product without investing in a rubber production process. They enable the design and testing of delicate parts that will undergo repeated folding and flexing, and can be combined to create digital materials in a range of colours.
Flexible results in a range of Shore A values, improved tear resistance and high tensile strength make these materials ideal for rapid prototyping of non-rigid models, including:
- Exhibition and communication models
- Rubber surrounds and over-moulding
- Soft-touch coatings and non-slip surfaces
- Knobs, grips, pulls, handles, gaskets, seals, hoses and footwear
Despite their unique properties, they are employed in the same manner as any other material, so existing skills are directly transferrable, and adding them to your workflow won’t incur any expense above the cost of the materials themselves.
Rubber-like materials include:
- Agilus30 White FLX945
- Agilus30 Black FLX985
- Agilus30 Transparent FLX935
- TangoPlus FLX930
- TangoBlackPlus FLX980
- Elastico FLX934
The J-Series J735/J750 and J750 Digital Anatomy Printer (in non-DAP configuration) can all run the above materials, with the exception of Agilus30 FLX935). This also applies to the J826/J835/J850, but in addition they cannot run the Tango materials.
For semi-flexible 3D printed parts:
Where semi-flexibility is required (automotive tyres or footwear soles for example), the following materials are recommended.
- TangoGray FLX950
- TangoBlack FLX973
Allowing for the creation of soft-touch parts, over-moulding, seals and gaskets, the Tango and Agilus range of rubber-like materials are easy to clean, less sticky than alternative options, and offer better elongation and higher tear resistance than rivals.
Agilus is durable, and ideal for advanced design verification and rapid prototyping, and compatible with SUP706 soluble support for building more complex parts, or parts with deep pockets or channels. The recently-added Agilus range is the most versatile rubber-like material yet produced, and offers a 2.5 times improvement in tensile strength over anything previously available.
You can combine rigid materials, like Rigur or Digital ABS, with flexible materials for complete design freedom using a multi-material 3D printer such as the Objet260, Objet350 or Objet500 – from the Connex3 range. The combination of materials together will offer a Shore A value ranging from 27 to 95.