ColorFabb VarioShore TPU - Innovative 3D Printing Material


This version of varioShore TPU is uniquely suited for printing prosthetics and orthotics. We have included silver in our formulation. Silver is known to have beneficial properties for prosthetic and orthotic applications. 

Wikipedia: Medical uses of silver

Besides the addition of silver, this version of varioShore is available in three skintone colors: Pale Pink, Medium Brown, Dark Brown. Printing at a lower temperature will result in a more intense skintone color, printing at a higher temperature (activating the foaming agent) results in a more powder like skintone color, less intense and a softer appearance.


ColorFabb VarioShore TPU is an innovative 3D printing material that stands out for its unique features. By utilizing the same foaming technology as LW-PLA, ColorFabb has created a TPU material with reduced weight and density, variable shore hardness, and a soft touch. The density of the material can be varied by adjusting temperature and material throughput, allowing users to create 3D prints with different densities and haptics.

When printed at temperatures between 200-250°C, varioShore TPU will expand to 1.4-1.6 times its original volume, resulting in a density of 0.7-0.9 g/cm³. This reduces the need for high material flow rates, resulting in soft and flexible 3D prints. On the other hand, printing at temperatures between 190-200°C will not result in foaming, creating a different haptic and harder prints compared to foamed samples.

Developed in collaboration with Lubrizol, varioShore TPU is ideal for 3D printing insoles and cosplay parts. It has a variable shore hardness range from 55A to 92A, allowing for versatility in your 3D printing projects.



  • Material: Colorfabb varioShore TPU
  • Diameter Tolerance: ± 0.1 mm
  • Density: 1,2-1,3 g/cm3
  • Glass Transition Temperature: -20C

Printing Advice

  • Adviced 3D printing temperature 190C-250C
  • Adviced 3d print speed 20-30 mm/s
  • Advised Heated bed 20-40C
  • Cooling fan - Use the least amount of cooling when maximum foaming is required. For better overhang performance use 50-100% cooling. We advise our community to use standard TPU settings as a base setting for developing your own pre-sets. Make sure the distance between nozzle and platform is not too small, especially if the material is being foamed while printing, the pressure will need to be released from the hot-end to prevent clogging and feeder issues.



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Brand ColorFabb
Shipping Weight 1.1000kg
Shipping Width 0.205m
Shipping Height 0.060m
Shipping Length 0.205m

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