In a move to address the increasing and challenging demands for production-grade, custom 3D-printed tooling, and parts, Stratasys has introduced several new FDM materials that offer better temperature and chemical resistance capabilities for the automotive and aerospace industries in particular.
The new FDM materials are:
The second PEKK-based polymer from Stratasys leverages on the Kepstan® PEKK technology from Stratasys strategic supplier Arkema, and is capable of consistent electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance that is required for strong yet lightweight parts used in frames, panels, and components.
Be it producing hatch covers for the next generation spacecraft or requiring a faster, less costly way to engineer tools in the production of electronic components, Antero 840CN03 easily checks all the boxes.
“One of the challenges in manufacturing spacecraft is getting the right ESD or electrostatic dissipative properties, among other physical and mechanical characteristics. Stratasys Antero ESD fits our needs for outgassing and electrostatic dissipative properties in a strong but lightweight additive manufacturing material,” said Brian Kaplun, Senior Manager for Advanced Manufacturing at Lockheed Martin Space.
The Diran is a nylon-based material that offers manufacturers extreme toughness and low friction that are required for the rough manufacturing environment. Unlike the usual thermoplastics, Diran parts have a smooth and luxurious-like feel to them. This makes it an ultra valuable feature where movement between parts is desired because of the very low surface friction. It is thus ideal for manufacturing tooling applications.
Previously only for Fortus Printers, the ABS-ESD7 material is now available for the F370 where users can now build low-cost and customizable parts for prototyping or production. Built for static-sensitive applications, ABS-ESD7 is ideal for manufacturing tooling thanks to the dedicated ease-of-use platform, repeatability, and part accuracy.
“Our thermoplastics can remove these barriers to accelerate the adoption of 3D printing in manufacturing settings, allowing users to design and create faster while minimizing costs often associated with traditional approaches,” said Adam Pawloski, Vice President of Manufacturing Solutions at Stratasys.
Stratasys will be exhibiting the above-mentioned material parts at formnext 2019, and other exciting new updates at Hall 12.1 Stand D61, happening from 19 – 22 November.