Lubrizol Partners with ZiggZagg to Pilot a New Powdered-based TPU for 3D Printing

Aalter, Belgium, November 12th 2019 – Lubrizol Engineered Polymers is partnering with ZiggZagg, a Belgian 3D printing service provider, to explore application development for a new powder-based TPU grade ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A in preparation for the material’s commercial release. This specialty TPU is specifically designed to take advantage of the unique voxel-level benefits of HP’s Jet Fusion 4200 Series 3D Printing Solution.

ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A is a flexible thermoplastic material with excellent processing and unpacking properties similar to PA12 while delivering excellent elongation and good tensile strength. The new material also has good energy rebound, high impact absorption, a low abrasion rate and good compression. These properties make this material a perfect solution for newly designed prototyping and scale-up manufacturing applications while enabling consistent part quality and a cost-efficient solution. Applications include footwear and prostheses (lightweight performance through lattice structures, optimized for cushioning applications), wearables (skin contact certification), seals (oil resistance) and a wide variety of industrial applications.

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Being an early tester of Lubrizol’s powder-based TPU, ZiggZagg has been working closely with end-users across footwear, consumer electronics and industrial specialties to further develop 3D printing for these applications. ZiggZagg is a plastics parts producer in HP’s Digital Manufacturing Network, a global community of digital manufacturing service providers with the capabilities to help design, produce, and deliver high quality plastic and metal final parts at scale leveraging HP‘s Multi Jet Fusion and Metal Jet 3D printing solutions.

“After fully supporting and heavily investing in HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology from the very beginning, being able to offer Lubrizol’s new advanced powder-based TPU is the next step in our development as a global player”, says Stijn Paridaens, CEO of ZiggZagg. “Together with partners like Lubrizol and our customers we can push our industry to the next level.” The addition of Lubrizol’s ESTANE® 3D TPU M95A completes ZiggZagg’s MJF portfolio which includes other materials such as PA12, PA12 GB and PA11.

Lubrizol Engineered Polymers is fully engaged to provide a safe, reliable and consistent portfolio of TPU solutions for powder-bed fusion technologies in the additive manufacturing market. “We are proud to partner with ZiggZagg to bring high-performance and cost-effective solutions using HP technology to develop this market” says David Pascual, Lubrizol’s global 3D printing marketing manager.