Formlabs Introduces TPU 90A Powder, The First Elastomer Material for Fuse Series 3D Printers

TPU 90A Powder enables durable, skin-safe parts at a low cost for a variety of industries, including healthcare, consumer goods, manufacturing, and engineering.

Formlabs, dedicated to 3D printing, released an exciting new material for Fuse Series printers: TPU 90A Powder is a tough elastomer powder. This new material enables strong, functional, skin-safe parts with high tear strength and elongation.

The strength and flexibility of TPU 90A powder allows for the production of fully functional parts in-house, providing complete design freedom and a seamless workflow on the Fuse Series SLS 3D printing ecosystem. By leveraging this material, engineers and manufacturers can bridge the gap between manufacturing stages, produce fully functional prototypes, manufacturing aids and end-use parts, and take full control of their supply chain. Additionally, TPU 90A Powder is ideal for creating soft touch components for grippers, padding, and cushions.

This high-performance material is also validated for skin contact, making it ideal for medical applications such as prosthetics, orthotics, and other patient-specific devices requiring custom designs. TPU 90A Powder’s softness and flexibility ensures optimal comfort and performance, improving outcomes in patient care and streamlining the medical device manufacturing process.

“At Formlabs, we are committed to empowering our customers to truly make anything, from medical parts to wearables,” said Dávid Lakatos, Chief Product Officer at Formlabs. “With the release of TPU 90A Powder, we’re proud to offer a material that expands the possibilities for 3D printing across many industries, enabling users to create flexible, skin-safe parts tailored to their specific applications.”

Formlabs’ growing library of SLS materials enables its customers to create parts with a range of properties including stiffness, softness, ductility, and thermal stability. TPU 90A Powder offers flexibility and robustness along with the accuracy and design freedom enabled by the SLS printing process, with industry-leading features including:

  • High tear strength and elongation at break 110-310% for strong and functional TPU parts
  • Low cost per part for low volume production of 3D printed, flexible parts
  • Skin safe, ideal for printing medical appliances and wearable accessories
  • Lower waste and higher efficiency, with a refresh rate of 20%

Formlabs’ TPU 90A Powder is now available for order and will be on display at the Formlabs booth at AMUG 2023