The only limit is your imagination.
From hearing aids to steering wheels, the applications of FlexTune™ 3D Printed Polyurethanes are endless. Our technology focuses on printing rubbery, elastic materials with unparalleled durability. Our 3D printed polyurethanes perform as traditional polyurethanes. If your mass-produced application or part requires a polyurethane, styrenic block copolymer, thermoplastic elastomer, EPDM or PVC today, chances are that our printable polyurethanes will work just as well or better.
Since we’re still just at the forefront of the 3D printing industry, there are many applications for FlexTune™ we simply haven’t discovered yet. The commonality for all our applications is: delivering a level of flexibility and/or soft touch and ability to move and flex elastically, without losing shape or wearing out. Below are some of the applications for FlexTune™:
- Rubber handles and grips
- Seals and gaskets
- Shoe soles
- Shoe uppers
- Steering wheels
- Tires and wheels
- Spare parts for transportation
- Hearing aids or other medical devices
A customer needed to fabricate and design rubber gaskets from an aging fleet of machinery. The gaskets and the parts they fit in were made by manufacturers who were no longer in business, and the design blueprints were nowhere to be found. Furthermore, they wanted to reduce repair downtime from 60 days to 5 days, and custom fitting the rubber parts was preventing that. Chromatic to the rescue! We demonstrated that we could make rubber parts to spec, with part production times in under an hour.
A customer had several low-volume (10 parts/year) PVC parts that were dip-molded on a custom, $4000 metal mold. We were able to demonstrate that with a material change to 3D printable materials, direct-printed parts with Chromatic FlexTune™ 3D Printed Polyurethanes would be economical for designs with up to 20 parts per year. Between 20 and 200 parts per year, casting technology would be more economical. Moreover, from design-to-delivery, parts could be produced in less than a week, instead of waiting 8-12 weeks for the design and machining of a metal mold and molding trials. These parts were holding up installation of major industrial products, frustrating customers and embarrassing the supplier – 3D printing to the rescue!