Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) is a flexible, abrasion-resistant thermoplastic. It’s being used in several manufacturing processes for both consumer and industrial use. TPU filament offers many benefits and features, parts 3D printed with TPU material are durable and have the ability to withstand ambient temperatures of up to 80°C or 176°F.
Features of TPU
TPU filament has a number of features, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of uses. It is resistant to abrasion, oil, chemicals, and wear, which makes it perfect for use in industries such as Automotive. TPU printed parts are also resistant to low temperatures, which means that it does not become brittle and difficult to work with.
TPU filament, unlike other stiffer thermoplastic, has qualities that include flexibility and conformity. TPU filament is also abrasion-resistant, and due to its versatility, there are many different industries that use TPU 3D printing because its features offer them a number of advantages.
Sporting Goods and Footwear
Sporting goods need to be flexible and hard-wearing, TPU material is a perfect choice. TPU usage can be found in many sports, it can often be found in training aids, water equipment, and fitness equipment. Since footwear has to withstand low temperatures, flexibility, and be resistant to water and chemicals, TPU is a great material for manufacturing it and other sporting goods.
The aerospace industry is also taking the use of TPU 3D printing seriously as it too has increased its use, understanding exactly what it has to offer. It can also be found in instrument panels and sensors.
The automotive industry has turned to TPU material and implemented it into the manufacturing process of vehicles. In recent years its use has risen considerably. Consequently, it can often be found in instrument panels, sensors, and levers as well as many other areas.
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