Stratasys Materials for production-grade 3D printing
Stratasys has unveiled new durable, temperature and chemical-resistant FDM thermoplastics that meet manufacturing requirements.
Addressing the growing demands of engineers and designers to deliver production-grade, custom 3D-printed tooling and parts, Stratasys recently introduced several new durable, temperature and chemical-resistant FDM thermoplastics. Meeting the specific requirements of 3D-printed applications in manufacturing, these materials can accommodate high temperatures and challenging requirements common on the production floor, the company says.
These materials include Antero 840CN03 for the Stratasys Fortus F900 3D printer, and Diran 410MF07 and ABS-ESD7 for the Stratasys F370 3D printer. Each of these thermoplastics are well-suited to handle the requirements of manufacturing applications in the automotive and aerospace industries through to engineering advanced 3D-printed jigs and fixtures, tooling, prototypes and production parts.
Developed for the F900 3D printer, Antero 840CN03 is the second PEKK-based polymer, which the company offers in its Antero high-performance polymer range that Arkema supplies. According to Stratasys, the new Antero material is formulated to create highly customised tooling and parts with consistent electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance, making it ideal for printing high-temperature and chemical-resistant parts with low out-gassing and exceptional wear properties. It can also create strong yet lightweight parts used in frames, panels and components suited for aerospace and industrial applications. The contract manufacturing division, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, has added this material to its material offerings.
“Manufacturing spacecraft poses intense material challenges in the development of parts that exhibit the right attributes,” said Brian Kaplun, Senior Manager for Advanced Manufacturing, Lockheed Martin Space. “One of those challenges is getting the right ESD or electrostatic dissipative properties, among other physical and mechanical characteristics.”
Built for highly durable tooling applications, Diran is a nylon-based material formulated by Stratasys for the F370 printer. The new FDM thermoplastic provides extreme toughness and low friction, combined with resistance to hydrocarbon-based chemicals and a smooth surface to offer low sliding resistance. Diran’s toughness is able to withstand the rough handling of tools common in a manufacturing setting.
The ABS-ESD7 thermoplastic, previously only available on the Stratasys Fortus printers, is built for static-sensitive applications to prevent discharge or attraction to other materials like powders, dust and fine particles. Extending factory floor materials to the F370 3D printer, users can capitalise on prototyping and production requirements for low cost and customisable parts. Delivering an affordable, ESD-safe material for ease-of-use, repeatability and part accuracy, ABS-ESD7 is ideal for manufacturing tooling applications.