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Shore Hardness Guide

Shore Hardness Guide

Shore Hardness is a measure of the resistance a material has to indentation.

There are several scales of durometers, used for materials with different properties. The two most common scales, using slightly different measurement systems, are the type A and type D scales. The A scale is for softer ones, while the D scale is for harder ones.

TPU, or thermoplastic polyurethane, is flexible material and is easily confused with TPE. A simple explanation is that TPU is a type of TPE. That’s because TPE isn’t really one specific material; it refers to a range of elastic thermoplastics, of which TPU is one

TPE stands for thermoplastic elastomer. It’s a blend of hard plastic and soft rubber, so it has both thermoplastic and elastic properties. TPE covers a wide range of flexible materials, including thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), thermoplastic co-polyester (TCP), thermoplastic polyamide (TPA).

Real-Life Examples

Filament Brands

Shore Hardness " A "

Usage Examples

Stamping Rubber

RubberStamp-75a

 

75A ShoreHardness

Where can I use this material?

  • Sneaker insoles
  • Helmet inserts
  • Vibration dampners.
  • Strong and flexible for prosthetics and realistic organ prototypes.

Skateboard wheels ( More focus on cruising )

83A Shore Hardness

Where can I use this material?

  • Skateboard wheels
  • RC vehicle tyres and Bumpers
  • Moulds
  • Hair Bands

Hydraulic O-rings

Where can I use this material?

Hydraulic O-rings

Where can I use this material?

  • Robotics
  • Wheels
  • Gaskets, Seals
  • Leg straps

Phone Cord

Where can I use this material?

  • Cosplay props
  • EEL – input sensor  and low power electronics ( Led’s)
  • Grips ( bike handle grips – Polymaker TPU 90A is UV resistant)
  • Signs ( reflect-o-lay reflect light ) 

Skateboard Wheels (for rough roads, tricks, and a smooth ride )

Where can I use this material?

  • Prosthetics
  • Shock absorbing applications
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Sandals

Fork lift truck solid tyres

Where can I use this material?

  • Robotics, Wheels
  • Car parts
  • Sound dampeners
  • Stress Balls

Skateboard Wheels (for rough roads, tricks, and a smooth ride )

Where can I use this material?

  • Props
  • Prosthetics ( Fillamentum 96A is Skin contact safe)
  • Remote control covers
  • Designer bags

Shopping Cart wheel

Where can I use this material?

  • Mechanical Parts with semi-flexible properties
  • Cast for Fractured, Strained or healing bones
  • Pet Collars
  • Fashion

Castor wheels

Where can I use this material?

  • Mechanical Parts
  • Wheels
  • Body case for RC models
  • Car door Handles

Real-Life Examples

Filament Brands

Shore Hardness " D "

Usage Examples

Shoe Sole

Where can I use this material?

  • Shoe soles
  • RC Wheels
  • Bumpers

Tap Washer

Where can I use this material?

  • Shock absorbers
  • Gaskets
  • Washers, Stoppers

Garden Hose

Where can I use this material?

  • Car Parts ( Air flow vents and channels )
  • Knee pads
  • Props

Insole

Where can I use this material?

  • Custom insoles
  • Toe caps
  • Finger casts

Hard Book Cover

Where can I use this material?

  • Handel cover/Grips
  • Washers
  • Zip ties

Golf Ball

Where can I use this material?

  • Sound dampeners
  • Shock absorbing applications
  • Wheels

HIPS - Storage Boxes

Where can I use this material?

  • Door retainer
  • Shoe heel wedge
  • Belts

Swivel Wheel

Where can I use this material?

  • Tyers
  • Door Stopper
  • Mechanical parts

Nylon Gears and pulleys

Where can I use this material?

  • Robotics
  • Gears
  • Pulleys

Teflon Washers

Where can I use this material?

  • Washers
  • Manufacturing Applications
  • Trunking

Woodyard Stick ( Ruler )

Where can I use this material?

  • Mechanical Parts
  • Bumpers
  • Shock absorber

White Board

Where can I use this material?

  • Robotics
  • Gears
  • replacement Covers, handles and enclosures