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Posted · Bonding multimaterials

Hi, with our UM5 I work on composite models being partially tough pla partially rubber TPU95.

I try to figure out what is the most efficent and strongest method to make the PLA area bond with TPU area on the same print. Anybody having experiences?


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    Posted · Bonding multimaterials

    Also try using mechanically interlocking features. Since this is highly recommended for injection moulding in overmoulding, according to the manuals, I think it also applies for 3D-printing. At least, it shouldn't hurt.


    Think of a dovetail system, or hooks, or chains that interlock. Think of these concepts, but then all melted and squeezed into one solid block.


    Have a look at how it is done in tooth brushes: most of them also have overmoulding with interlocking features.


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    Posted · Bonding multimaterials

    I did some tests and this is what I found:





    Center is TPU and the frame is TOUGH

    The test is to see if some anchoring will improve adhesion


    Use overlap between different materials and let the slicer do the stitching job.

    Experiment 3

    Half overlap and stitching results in a strong interface between TPU and PLA

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