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Posted · best material for printing a bicycle seat?

so im looking at printing this t-rex bike seat

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:328523

and wondering what might be a good material to print it in?

it should be strong enough to sit on as well as be slightly flexible, im thinking maybe nylon, or that new flexible nylon from taulman? any other ideas?

it will be going on my road bike that i ride every day with (during the summer anyway) and im fine with it being a bit uncomfortable just as long as it doesnt cause me pain while im off of it. its a t-rex skull seat, my personal health comes second to its shear coolness.

 

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Posted · best material for printing a bicycle seat?

PCTPE has been released for sale but I have not seen any indication on the Taulman site that the other new products have been released. It is verrrry flexible. I guess if you make it quite thick and then print and stick a PLA support structure underneath it may work very well. But of course at this stage that is very much guesswork.

Uhm, I am sure I read that trying to glue stuff to nylon was verging on the impossible - that might be an incorrect memory but it rings a bell.

 

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Posted · best material for printing a bicycle seat?

Taulman PCTPE is great and quite easy to print with - I have been wearing it as a watch strap for a few weeks and no skin reactions. Also takes colour really well with fabric dye - before or after you print.

 

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Posted · best material for printing a bicycle seat?

..... when I said "it is verrry flexible" I was referring to the new flexible nylon, not to PCTPE nylon. Which is not to say that PCTPE is not flexible too. I have found the Taulman nylons to be quite flexible if printed reasonably thinly.

But I do suspect that if you are looking for a cushioning effect then the new flexible nylon would be the one to go for - based on the Taulman videos

 

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