Additive Manufacturing Stratasys expands materials ecosystem with 16 new materials
The expert for 3D printing technologies Stratasys, announced new manufacturing materials across three different 3D printing technologies, including third-party materials for FDM 3D printers for the first time.
With the addition of 16 new materials, Stratasys dramatically expands the use cases addressable for a wide variety of manufacturing settings. The new materials include validated materials for FDM 3D printers, a variety of open, exploratory materials for the P3-based Origin One 3D printer that can be used with an Open Material License, and polypropylene powder for the SAF technology-powered H350 3D printer.
The company is partnering with materials providers Covestro, Kimya, and Victrex to make the validated materials available for its FDM printers, starting with the Fortus 450mc platform. These materials have been validated by Stratasys with basic reliability testing to accelerate the expansion of material options available in the marketplace. New FDM materials include:
- High performance polymers: Arkema/Kimya PEKK-SC, a semi-crystalline PEKK thermoplastic polymer based on Kepstan by Arkema; and Victrex AM 200, a semi-crystalline LMPAEK thermoplastic filament compatible with soluble support.
- Reinforced and specialty polymers: Covestro PA6/66 GF20 FR, a flame-resistant, glass fiber composite material.
- Engineering polymers: Kimya PC FR, a flame-resistant polycarbonate material.
- Standard Grade Polymer: HIPS high impact polystyrene
The Validated third-party materials are expected to ship before the end of the year.
Stratasys has also introduced a new material at its highest-performance tier. FDM Nylon-CF10 is a strong, carbon fiber composite material that is expected to be available by the middle of the year.
The company also continues to expand the use cases served by the Origin One 3D printer by giving customers access to novel materials through an annual Open Material License (OML), which Stratasys introduced last fall. The supplier has identified eight new materials for the OML program that unlock end-use applications with demanding requirements.
Materials developers contributing new Open materials to the program include Covestro, Evonik, Arkema, Forward AM from BASF, Mechnano, Tethon 3D, Liqcreate, and Poly Spectra. The materials include photopolymer resins for molding, casting, high-temperature, ceramic, electrostatics dissipative (ESD), and elastic applications. The materials can be purchased directly from material partners or their distributors and are designed for advanced users for testing, development, and end-use parts with exotic or novel properties.
H350 to add polypropylene
Additionally, Stratasys announced that polypropylene (PP) material for the H350 3D printer powered by SAF technology, which is designed for volume production of 3D-printed parts. Polypropylene is a versatile, flexible and extremely popular polymer. Its higher ductility and chemical resistance, as well as its ability to be sterilized makes it suitable for a wide variety of applications, such as interior and exterior automotive parts, prosthetics, and consumer goods.
Together with PA12 (also known as Nylon 12), which the company announced in September 2021, polypropylene will expand the material set for the H350 printer from the initial High Yield PA11, a sustainable material derived from 100 percent bio-based castor beans. PA12, the single most popular material in industrial 3D printing today , provides geometric accuracy, chemical resistance and stiffness for machine components, communications industry applications, and prototyping. Both PA12 and PP are expected to be available later in 2022.
Through Grab CAD Print software, customers will now have access to system print parameters to refine material capabilities as needed, optimising part performance.