Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are a form of thermoplastic polymers. They are also a class of copolymers, or a physical mix of rubber and plastic polymers, that consist of both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. TPEs are also referred to as thermoplastic rubber, as it exhibits some of the performance properties of rubber.
TPEs are soft to the touch, so they are ideal for a variety of markets and consumer goods. Furthermore, soft thermoplastic elastomers are easy to mold and extrude onto other TPEs. As a result, they are ideal for soft grips on products as well as sealing rings and bottle cap liners.
|3D Printing||2-4 Days based on size||White & available in all major colors.||FDM - 150 µm||Lowest in market||Strength & Flexible parts|
|Injection Molding||20-30 Days||White & available in all major colors.||As low as +/- 0.030 mm||Qty & Precision dependent||High strength, Good surface finish.|
|Services Name||Max Size||Min Size||Min Thickness||Undercuts||Radii Depth|
|For 3D Printing||Max Part Size: 500x500x500 mm||Min Hole size : 1 mm||Min Wall Thickness: 1 mm||Min Feature Size : 3 mm||Recommended fillet & Chamfer angles : > 45 Deg|
|For Molding||Max Part Size: 500x500x500 mm||Min Hole size : 0.5 mm||Min Wall Thickness: 0.5 mm||Ribs should be 40-60% the thickness of outer walls and should still maintain draft||Minimum draft angle of 0.5°, or up to 5°, for faces with medium textures|
TPE can be more recyclable, flexible, and softer than TPU. However, they do offer lower resistance to abrasion, grease/oils, chemicals and high and low temperatures.
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), sometimes referred to as thermoplastic rubbers, are a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers (usually a plastic and a rubber) that consist of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties.
220 – 250 °C
ACIDS (excluding carboxylic acids), Alcohol, METHANOL and ETHANOL (moderate concentrations) – GOOD
Bases, Tensides, Oil in water – EXCELLENT
Carboxylic acids, Fatty food, Water in oil, Aliphatic hydrocarbons, Polar hydrocarbons, Oil – SWELLS
3D printed TPE parts are not recommended to use in water resistant application.
Where as injection molded parts are water resistant.
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