Taulman PCTPE Plasticized Copolyamide TPE Filament - 1.75 mm - 450gr.
PCTPE stands for "Plasticized Copolyamide TPE" or a chemical co-polymer of highly flexible nylon and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) . PCTPE has several unique features that allow any user to print a highly flexible part with the added durability of our nylon polymers. This combination of polymers was developed specifically to allow anyone using current FFF 3D Printers to print parts from durable prosthetics to complete cosplay wearable outfits, cell phone enclosures as well as highly flexible utility/industrial parts. The flexibility of PCTPE means that the end parts will have the smooth lustrous texture of nylon, the added flexibility offered by a rubber like TPE, yet maintain the high durability and non-delaminating benefits of all taulman3D Printing materials.
The list of features includes:
Proven performance = Tested worldwide by the 3D Printing community - summer of 2014.
Prints on bowdens or direct drive extruder. = From 1.75mm SeeMECNC "MAX" bowden to LULZBOT "TAZ" direct drive.
Print temperature = 230C
Low shrinkage = prints on glass with a 50% water/PVA glaze heated to 40C
Super Layer to layer bonding that allows for single perimeter walls to be folded along thread axis.
Takes on any acid based color dye (RITT) very fast = 5 min @ 140F
Takes on acid based antimicrobial coatings for footwear and prosthetics.
Color = Bright White/reflective Nylon surface
Tensile PSI = 5,043
Modulus PSI = 10,954
Elongation @ Break = 497%+
Taulman PCTPE Plasticized Copolyamide
PCTPE is an extremely flexible and durable TPE- and nylon-based filament. PCTPE was developed to manufacture both highly flexible additive with a durability of nylon. The individual outer layers can be transferred into a round shape without deforming or splitting. Produce at a lower 3D printing temperature than our nylons. 3D printing PCTPE easily on any 3D printer, process it at only 225° C - 230° C. Although the nylon is very flexible and comes in 1.75mm filament, it is not a problem for direct drive or Bowden feeding systems. Our testers determined this result because each sample had a filament diameter of 1.75 mm.
The most important material properties:
- High flexibility
- Durable TPE filament
- Processed at a low temperature of 225 - 230 ° C
- Use in prostheses and waerables
- From AOSmith Industries
The most important material properties:
- 3D printing at 225 ° C - 230 ° C on a glass platform with 45 ° C heated PVA
- Elongation @ break = 370%+
- Excellent adhesion even with 0.3 mm nozzle size.
Flexibility - As some users have experienced difficulties with 1.75mm flexible materials, we have worked with our manufacturer to perform an added "draw" process. A process that actually stretches the material during the final mfg stage. This is a similar process used to make large nylon rope for cruise ship docking maintenance. This added stretch increases the tensile properties of the raw 1.75mm and 2.85mm line such that the tendency to fold or buckle is eliminated. Some of our testers remarked that the raw line was actually stiffer than printed parts! This additional process allowed us to increase the percentage of TPE resulting in a material that gives the user a wide range of design flexibility based mostly on the nozzle size, number of perimeters and percentage of internal fill used during slicing. From thin parts that wad up like thin paper to thicker shoe soles with just the right flexibility, PCTPE is an easy-to-print material meeting a long list of requirements from users.
Ease of use - The addition of TPE and a new lower temperature nylon, puts PCTPE into the class of slicer software settings most of us use for ABS. 230C print temp and other ABS settings defined by nozzle size and printer type.
Super layer to layer Bonding - PCTPE ensures that you do not need to use an enclosure just to get excellent layer bonding of parts from 100mm to 1,000mm+. With PCTPE the layer bonding will allow you to print single perimeter walls and bend or fold along the printed axis without delamination or separation.
Wearable Texture - As nylon is known to be a comfortable material to the touch, we made sure that the 3D Printed texture of PCTPE was just as smooth to the touch as any wearable nylon. This lustrous texture is key to making new wearable objects that flow with body movements. In addition to the lustrous texture, the flexibility of PCTPE is more accommodating for complex wearable designs.
TPE for Prostheses & Wearables
Today we release our new highly flexible 3D printing material PCTPE. PCTPE stands for "Plasticized Copolyamide TPE" or a chemical copolymer of highly flexible nylon and TPE (thermoplastic elastomer). PCTPE has several unique properties that allow any user to 3D print a highly flexible part with the added durability of our nylon polymers. This combination of polymers has been specially developed so that anyone using the latest FFF/FDM 3D printers can process this material. Finished parts such as durable prostheses, portable wearable outfits, mobile phone housings and highly flexible utility / industrial parts. The flexibility of PCTPE means that the end components have the smooth glossy texture of nylon and an additional flexibility offered by a rubber-like TPE. Nevertheless, the manufactured components are of high durability and have the advantage of a high durability, like all Taulman3D printing materials.
Since some users had difficulties processing 1.75 mm flexible materials, we worked with our manufacturer to perform an additional "drawing" process. A process that stretches the material during the last manufacturing phase. This is a similar process used to produce a large nylon rope for maintenance in the dock of cruise ships. This additional elongation increases the tensile properties of the unprocessed 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm filament so that the tendency to fold or buckle is eliminated. Some of our testers have noticed that the non-processed filament was stiffer than the 3D printed parts! This additional process step enabled us to increase the proportion of TPE, resulting in a material that offers the user a wide range of design flexibility. This depends mainly on the nozzle size, the number of outer layers and the percentage of internal filling used during slicing. Use this filament to create filigree components ranging from thin as paper to thicker shoe soles with exactly the right flexibility. PCTPE is an easy to 3D print material. It meets an extensive list of user requirements.
The addition of TPE and a new low-temperature nylon brings PCTPE to the slicer software settings most of us use for ABS. 230 ° C 3D printing temperature and other ABS settings, defined by the nozzle diameter and 3D printer type.
Super adhesion between the layers
PCTPE ensures that you do not need any closed installation space just to achieve excellent layer adhesion of 100 mm to 1,000 mm+. With PCTPE you can use layer bonding technology to produce individual outer walls and bend or fold them along the printed axis without deformation or splitting.
It is known as a pleasantly wearable material. We have made sure that PCTPE's 3D printed texture is as smooth as any portable nylon. This shiny texture is the key to creating new portable objects that move with body movements. In addition to the glossy texture, the flexibility of PCTPE for complex portable designs is more pleasant.
Buy here plasticized copolyamide TPE filament for your 3D printer. The material is very flexible and durable.