Carbon Inc.

EPU 45

Energy-damping, strain-rate-sensitive, elastomer

Energy-Damping, Strain-Rate-Sensitive Elastomer

EPU 45 is a strain-rate-sensitive material that stiffens to absorb energy at high impact rates. This enables the design of highly breathable lattice geometries tuned for comfort at low-impact speeds and energy absorption at high-impact speeds. EPU 45 has the highest green strength of Carbon’s elastomers, allowing the widest range of part shapes and lattice geometries to be printed at a high yield.

EPU 45 is available in 5L, 19L, 180L, and 1000L packaging.

77 (instant)

62 (5 sec)

Durometer (shore A hardness)

28 kN/m

160 Ibf/in

Tear Strength

290 %

Elongation At Break

3 MPa

Tensile Stress at 50%

30 °C

86 °F

Glass Transition Temperature


EPU 45 offers excellent energy absorption.

Excellent Durability

EPU 45 has the toughness and recovery needed to survive repeated, high-energy impacts in a variety of uses and environments.

Strain-rate Sensitive

EPU 45 will stiffen up more with high impact than with low impacts, which means less material is needed overall.

Example Application

EPU 45 offers the highest performance for dynamic impact absorption and strain rate sensitivity making it the ideal material to use for impact helmets. Helmets that use foam as a liner will not get equivalent energy damping and will compress over time. EPU 45 is also a more economical option than other impact-absorbing elastomers because of the speed and accuracy at which it can print.

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