3D Printing. Rubber. Strong & Durable.
3D Printing in Simulated rubber. Strong and Durable.
Our Strong & Durable service option for 3D printing in Rubber Like materials gives you a number of options for building your designs. These materials give you the ability to 3d print in flexible, rubber like materials with more durability and better temperature resistance than our 'Fine detail' rubber like materials.
This page describes our 'Flex V2' material, 3d printed using the SLA process, giving exceptional surface finish and best temperature resistance.
In addition we offer TPU Rubber 3D Printed materials where your applications need best tear resistance and durability.
All are possibilities for end use applications after appropriate confirmation testing.
SLA 'Flex V2' - Rubber Like
Our Rubber Like laser cured resin (SLA) material which is ideal for small parts where the "snip away" support structures are relatively simple. The material features excellent surface finish (subject to the amount of support required) and fabricates your 3D printed designs in a hardness of Shore A of 80 to 85 and a high heat deflection temperature.
Applications include prototype automotive parts for testing, remanufactured parts for a classic car and motorcycle restorations, plus jigs, fixtures and tooling for manufacturing applications.
- Build Volume: 145 x 145 x 175mm
- Smooth surface finish (rougher at support attachment points).
- Good Detail from 0.1mm (100um) layers with 50um option for small designs.
- Minimum recommended feature detail or wall thickness of 1mm.
- See below for full spec.
Key properties for our 'durable' 3D printed flexible materials:
SLA Rubber 'Flex v2'
- Temp Resistance: 230 °C (Vicat Softening Point.)
- Tear Strength: 13.3-14.1 kN/m.
- Tensile Strength: 7.7 - 8.5 Mpa
- Elongation at Break: 75-85%
- Compression Set: 0.40%
- Shore Hardness: 80-85 A
- Support System. Snip away support structures.
- Build Volume: 145 × 145 × 175 mm
Values for post cured parts.
SLA 3D Printed Rubber, showing support structures in place.
Re-manufactured classic racer motorcycle parts ( TR500 ), showing excellent surface finish and text reproduction. This example show's the support structures still in place.
SLA Rubber Like materials. Picker Pads.
SLA Rubber like parts showing support structures in place. These are robot picker pads.
SLA Rubber - Picker pads.
Picker pads once the supports are removed. Surface roughness is somewhat worse where the supports attached but careful orientation when 3d printing ensures supports attach to the 'B' surface and does not impact on the application.
3D Printed Materials
OUR CLIENTS SAY
"Quality of parts is nice for the first look (despite surface roughness of al-alloys impellers). Communication is almost perfect. Any technical notes are taking into account, any requirements of order can be discussed. Wide range of materials as I can say regarding metal alloys."
"Our customer in France wanted some 3D printed models for testing prior to ordering expensive mould tools. 3D Alchemy quoted, manufactured and delivered within 2 weeks. Highly recommend."