Big assortment of flexible and semi-flexible filaments for 3D printing. TPE stands for ThermoPlastic Elastomers and it describes a class of polymers that are flexible. For 3D printing, filaments are generally divided between TPE and TPU, where TPU is less flexible. Because the definition is not widely used in the same manner, it is best to look at the Shore Hardness for information on the actual elasticity and hardness. Using TPE filament you can 3D print flexible objects. With the really rubber like materials you can print wheels for RC cars for example, while the semi-flexible 3D print filament is great for shock absorbers. For more information on printing with TPE filament check out the information page What is TPE?.
The base material used in the filament. For more information on the different materials, please check the Filament information page
How much 3D printing experience is recommended before using this material.
Determines how easy the material adheres to the printbed and can be removed from the bed without damaging either the bed or the print.
How tough is the material. From 1 star (very brittle) to very tough
The speed at which the material can be extruded. This is determined by how fast it melts and how viscous it is.
How well can this product be used in an outside environment. The material has to be able to withstand UV-radiation from the sun as well as water and cold weather.
How much smell does the filament produce while printing and how bad is the smell. More stars is better
The amount of energy that a material can withstand when a load is suddenly applied to it. It may also be defined as the threshold of force per unit area before the material undergoes fracture/
How well can the material handle temperatures before it starts to deform.