ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING: Stratasys Expands FDM & PolyJet Material Options

Colored ASA grades for FDM and several new digital materials for PolyJet are new from Stratasys.

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Stratasys Ltd., Minneapolis, has introduced several new materials for both its FDM and PolyJet 3D printers.

• Included are eight new colors for its ASA thermoplastic, first launched in September 2014 in black and ivory as an all-purpose material for FDM additive manufacturing used for the production of prototypes, manufacturing tools, and finished goods. The colors, which include red, orange, dark gray, yellow, green, dark blue, white, and light gray, allow users the flexibility to create colorful parts that are UV resistance, strong and durable.

The ASA grades are said to offer exceptional surface finish and boast the best aesthetics of any FDM material available. Compared to ABS, details such as printed text are greatly improved by ASA’s matte finish. Compatible with the Fortus 360mc, 380mc, 400mc, 450mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems, ASA can be used in a variety of industries including sporting goods, outdoor tools, electrical, toys, and automotive.

• The company has also expanded its PolyJet technology (which already boasts more than 1000 material options) with 20 two-component Digital Materials. They combine Endure with other base materials. Launched in 2014, Endure is an advanced simulated PP material for use with the Objet EdenV, Objet EdenVS, Objet Connex systems, Objet30 Prime and Objet30Pro 3D Printers. The Endure materials allow users to create parts using a range of gray-scale colors with rigid material options, as well as the ability to select a variety of Shore A values with flexible material options. Endur offers prototyping benefits to a range manufacturers in the consumer goods, household appliance, automotive parts, consumer electronics, and lab equipment industries. Grades for Object Connex printers can produce thin walls, living hinges, snap-fits and moving or assembled parts. Examples include containers, CD cases, gaskets, shoe soles or handles.

Eight new rigid Digital Materials offer a range of six gray shades and two white shades. Twelve new flexible Digital Materials offer a range of Shore A values. Six of these combine Endur with TangoBlackPlus and six combine Endur with TangoPlus. The TangoBlackPlus and TangoPlus are rubber-like materials.

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