Evonik has developed what it says is the world’s first flexible plastic material based on polyether block amide (PEBA) for use in 3D printing.

3D printed parts made from the new PEBA powder reportedly have improved flexibility, resistance to chemicals and durability over a temperature range from -40°C to 90°C.

‘Flexible polymer materials significantly expand the options for additive manufacturing because they allow us to realize new, demanding applications in attractive markets,’ said Fabian Stoever, senior product manager for polymers at AM company EOS.

Evonik's PEBA material is suitable for a variety of powder-based 3D printing technologies such as laser sintering (LS), high speed sintering (HSS) or binder jetting.

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