Oct. 26, 2017
It's time to take the next step in your 3D printing journey and start printing with flexible materials! Using flexible filament allows you to expand your 3D printing projects - sometimes you need a little elasticity and bend for them. All flexible materials are thermoplastic elastomers that have a rubber-like feel once printer, making them perfect for things like custom sized gaskets and stoppers, phone cases, and more!
Below is a list of ideas for some quick and easy prints to get you started with flexible filament. Now, flexible 3D filament can be a little tricky to print with, so we've created a guide for you. Learn How To Succeed When Printing With Flexible Filament here!
Using Tinkercad, we designed this simple, reusable cable tie to help us store all of our extension cords.
Tyler, a member of the MatterHackers' Test and Support Team, broke his watch strap, so he designed an printed his own using NinjaFlex. His project stemmed from necessity, but there is no reason that you can't step up your watch game and print some straps in your favorite color!
Is your favorite shoe's sole falling apart, but the top is still looking fresh? Print a new sole! Alec measured his existing shoe, and using Tinkercad, designed a replacement to repair his kicks.
We've all, unfortunately, dropped our phones - it happens. Make the experience slightly more enjoyable with your own 3D printed phone case!
Okay, this might be a little more labor-intensive than the previous print suggestions, but it is a great 3D printing experience! Daniel Norée designed some awesome 3D printed RC Cars that require flexible filament for the tires. Learn more about the RC project here.
Do you have some suggestions for some flexible prints? Let us know in the comments! We hope that this article helped your progress in your 3D printing journey.
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