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3D Printing a Rubber Tire with Flex EcoPLA at MakerGeeks.com




Our Flex EcoPLA™ Natural is a revolutionary new flexible 3D printer filament, which is part of our EcoPLA™ Range. Our Flex EcoPLA™ filament is a flexible PLA filament which is available in Black and Natural and comes in 1.75mm and 3mm diameter.
Flex EcoPLA™ filament is a rubber-like 3D printer filament which allows you to print flexible objects, such as rubber machine parts, soft toys, flip-flops, and other rubbery items. Flex EcoPLA™ opens doors to a whole new field of application when it comes to desktop 3D printing. It's up to your own imagination what you would like to create and print. Flex EcoPLA™ is a flexible PLA 3D printer filament with a Shore hardness of 45D.
Our Flex EcoPLA™ filament has a much lesser carbon footprint than typical co-polyester 3D printer filaments. This flexible PLA filament offers up to 50% lower carbon footprint than traditional co-polyester materials. Next to this, the complete process from sourcing the chemical recipe to the actual extruding of the Flex EcoPLA™ filament is being done in the Netherlands. This reduces the "travel distance" of this material significantly, meaning that less fossil fuels are being used to get this material into our warehouse.
Main differences between PLA and Flex EcoPLA™ filament - The main difference between "normal" PLA filament and Flex EcoPLA™ flexible PLA filament is that normal PLA is rather stiff, where Flex EcoPLA™ – as its name implies – is very flexible. When stressed normal PLA will break. Our Flex EcoPLA™ flexible PLA filament will not break when stressed. It will bend in every direction, but it will definitely not break!. We dare you to try to break it….
Flex EcoPLA™ Flex Natural filament has a great roundness and very tight diameter and ovalidity tolerances. This flexible PLA 3D printer filament is spool-wrapped on a polystyrene plastic spool with 500 grams of filament.
Product Specifications
  • Filament Net Weight: 0.5 Kg ± 2%
  • Spool Size (D x h): 200 mm x 55 mm
  • Spool Hub Diameter: 52 mm
  • Carton Box Size (L x W x H): 220 mm x 220 mm x 70 mm
  • Max. Total Weight of Packaged Spool-Wrappped Filament: 0.99 Kg
Filament Specifications
Please see below table for the technical specifications of our Flex EcoPLA™ flexible PLA 3D printer filament:
  • 1.75mm 3mm
  • Material Flex EcoPLA™ Flex EcoPLA™
  • Melting Temperature (10° C/min) 180° C 180° C
  • Density 1150 kg/m³ 1150 kg/m³
  • Tensile Modulus 95 MPa 95 MPa
  • Shore D Hardness (3s) 45 45
  • Diameter 1.75 ± 0.05 mm 2.85 ± 0.10 mm
  • Roundness deviation (max) 0.05 mm 0.10 mm
  • Print Temperature Guideline ± 210° C ± 210° C
It is recommended to lower your printing speed (compared to printing with normal PLA) when printing with Flex EcoPLA™ flexible PLA. The guideline for an optimal printing temperature is to print at approximately 210° C. Please do keep in mind that above are only guidelines and that every desktop 3D printer requires different settings for optimal printing results.
As Flex EcoPLA™ flexible PLA is a relatively new 3D printer filament we would like to receive as many feedback as possible with respect to user experience and optimal printer settings for as many desktop 3D printers as possible. We can then compile a "tips & tricks" document for a wide range of desktop 3D printers to share with our fellow 3D printing enthusiasts.
So, we would like to ask you to tweak around with your printer settings and please do share your experiences with us. We will be very grateful for your input!

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