|Date: July 2012|
Bayer MaterialScience awards brand and distribution license to Solid Composites
New thermoplastic polyurethanes for laser sintering
Major potential for short-run production and customized products
Bayer MaterialScience and Solid Composites GmbH are partnering to develop ther-moplastic polyurethane (TPU) powders for selective laser sintering. This innovative method for fabricating three-dimensional structures is based on the use of a laser beam to sinter powdered starting materials. A part is made from a thermoplastic powder based on the part’s structural design data. Guided by CAD software, a laser fuses successive layers of a powder bed at selected points where the part is to emerge. In other words, the part “grows” layer by layer.
Profiles e.g. for sports shoes are a potential field of application for the TPU powder in combination with laser sintering.