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3D Printing Directly With Plastic Pellets

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Slade Simpson, CEO and Design Engineer at Sculptify presents the company’s progress on developing a more capable desktop 3D printer that can print directly with plastic pellets.

3D printing with plastic pellets offers important benefits and advantages that are not available with current filament offerings:

1. They are readily available in hundreds of new materials.
This opens the door to a whole spectrum of new and interesting materials, each with their own unique properties. Some are rigid and incredibly durable, others are soft to the touch and extremely flexible. The result is the ability to print with greater flexibility.

2. Plastic pellets are easy to use with the Sculptify 3D printer.
If you can load a coffee maker, you can print with pellets in the Sculptify 3D printer. Pellets are loaded into the top, and ready to print in no time.

3. They are the most cost effective form of plastic.
Since pellets do not need to be optimized for a spool, multiple manufacturing and engineering steps can be removed. This saves a lot money, and the cost savings can be passed directly to the customer.

Flexible 3D Printed TPU Samples

Slade Simpson, CEO and Design Engineer at Sculptify demonstrates samples made from TPU pellets, or Thermoplastic Polyurethane by the Sculptify 3D printer prototype.

About Thermoplastic Polyurethane:

TPU is an elastomer, which means it offers the 3D printing community the capability to create objects similar to common rubber. TPU is soft, flexible and super durable. It is commonly used to make sporting goods, footwear and device cases.

3D Printed TPU samples in this video include:

1. Simple Gasket
2. Tool Grip
3. Bottle Opener
4. Flexible Fabric
5. RC Tire

Sculptify is an American desktop 3D printer manufacturer headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The company plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign in late Q2 of 2014.

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