Printing in CreaTECH soft TPU

Certified material with remarkable characteristics makes thermoplastic polyurethane perfect for orthopedic applications

Improve your foam quality with 3D-printed TPU


Recycling scheme

TPU is a durable material that can be melted and reused in new applications
Jeremiw with Programmable Foam

Programmable zones

In one process TPU can be printed with different gradient soft/hard zones.

Replace traditional foam

Ventilation, hygiene and moist resistance ads value to TPU printed foam

"Thermoplastic polyurethane, popularly referred to as TPU, is a great material to work with. It has several unique properties, such as elasticity, that add flexibility to the printed part. Furthermore, it is resistant to oil and grease, making it an excellent choice for orthotic applications and their users. For O&P devices, we choose to work with a clear and transparent TPU, certified internally and externally."

Printed in flexible TPU material

We have developed our special 3D print filament made from flexible TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) material to optimize the printing results and properties. The outcome is a product that is washable and fire retardant (comply with EN 1021-1 and EN 1021-2).

From a manufacturing point of view, using the printing process limits the waste to zero. With a recycling scheme of TPU-based products, the environmental footprint is reduced significantly compared to traditional foam products.

Another advantage of using additive manufacturing technologies with melting plastic parts as infill is to ensure a no-dust production environment. There is no hindrance to operating the 3D printing production in a standard office environment.

Watch the test

We have tested a seat made of Programmable Foam® to assess its washability, high heat tolerance, and fast drying capabilities. During the testing process, we utilized food coloring to dye the seat and washed it at a temperature of 60° Celsius.

Try before you buy: Orthotics & prosthetics print service

  • Try Programmable Foam®: use the orthotics & prosthetics print service. We use your design and requirements.
  • Test our capabilities: order a free sample

8 good reasons to use CreaTECH soft TPU for orthopedic products

By leveraging the benefits of soft TPU in orthopedic products, you can create solutions that prioritize hygiene, sustainability, and comfort, ultimately improving the overall well-being and satisfaction of patients.

  1. Hygiene: Soft TPU is inherently hygienic due to its non-porous surface, which makes it resistant to bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. This quality is crucial in orthopedic products where maintaining cleanliness and preventing infections is essential.

  2. Biocompatibility: Soft TPU is biocompatible, meaning it is safe for use in contact with human skin and tissues. This makes it an ideal material for orthopedic products as it minimizes the risk of allergic reactions and irritation.

  1. Customization: Our soft TPU can be easily shaped and printed to fit individual patients’ needs, providing personalized orthopedic solutions.
  2. Durability: Soft TPU exhibits excellent durability and resilience, allowing orthopedic products to withstand repeated use and maintain their shape over time. This extends the lifespan of the products, reducing the need for frequent replacements.
  1. Ease of maintenance: Soft TPU is easy to clean and maintain, enhancing the hygiene of orthopedic products. It can be washed or wiped down with mild disinfectants, making it convenient for regular use in medical settings.
  2. Shock absorption: Soft TPU has excellent shock-absorbing properties, beneficial for orthopedic products such as shoe insoles, cushions, and inserts.
  3. Moisture management: Soft TPU has moisture-wicking properties that allow it to manage moisture build-up effectively and prolong the life span of the printed object.
  4. Sustainability: Soft TPU is a more sustainable alternative than traditional materials used in orthopedic products. It can be recycled, reducing waste and minimizing environmental impact.

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