Shapeways, a manufacturer of 3D printed goods, offers and supplies market-ready orthosis and prosthesis to designers and businesses of all sizes. To launch its expansion into the O & P market, Shapeways is now offering PA11, the bio-degradable, nylon material derived from castor oil, to its customers.
The medical market will always have a need for affordable materials to create parts such as braces and prosthetics, which is now offered at cost-effective prices. The launch of PA11 will open the doors for Shapeways to collaborate with many medical practitioners, bringing 3D technology to the production of custom medical enhancements for those in need.
The availability of this material is a result of the ongoing partnership between Shapeways and EOS, the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Naturally sourced from castor oil and known for its elastic and impact resistant nylon properties, Selective Laser Sintered PA11 is one of the fastest growing markets for additive manufacturing (AM).
PA11 material is already qualified for a range of industry applications, such as automotive, medical and other high-performance uses. PA11’s nylon properties also suit aerospace and electronics applications. With great strength and flexibility, PA11 is an impact resistant and ductile material with high elongation at break. Popular for active, wearable goods and snaps to fit parts and hinges, PA11 is great for high-impact custom parts such as prosthesis, braces, insoles and other exterior medical needs. PA11 will be offered in its natural white finish, but it can also be dyed to any desired color.