Stratasys Puts Additive Manufacturing to Work
November 20, 2018
Additive Manufacturing to work across critical rapid prototyping, custom
tooling and part production processes, Stratasys is bringing to market
advanced elastomers and enhanced materials for its leading FDM and
PolyJet machines. Enabling customers to make it today with 3D Printing,
the FDM elastomer solution is intended to provide manufacturers with new
levels of elasticity, durability with true soluble support – while
advanced colors for PolyJet drive enhanced realism to transform legacy
design and prototyping processes.
Empowering engineers with fast, accurate, and functional elastomers,
customers can now produce parts with unique resilience – with an ability
to greatly stretch or compress without losing shape. Offered across the
F123 3D Printer platform and via North America’s leading service
provider, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, the Stratasys TPU 92A
Elastomer is designed to meet the needs of manufacturers requiring high
part elongation, superior toughness, and full design freedom. With
hands-free soluble support, the solution can significantly reduce both
production time and labor costs.
“Creating elastomer parts using traditional silicone or CNC molds are
extremely costly and time-consuming – while it is our view that other
additive techniques just cannot deliver parts with the size and
complexity of our elastomer approach,” Zehavit Reisin, Vice President
and Head of Solutions and Materials Business, Stratasys. “Manufacturers
demand 3D printing solutions that can be put to work in real prototyping
and extreme production environments. With reliable and highly resilient
parts, our solutions are designed to enable customers to do just that.”
“The new Stratasys 92A is a compelling material for our consortium
members because when combined with water soluble supports, it will
provide them with the opportunity to produce medium to large, complex,
durable and resilient elastomeric parts that were previously not
feasible,” said Vince Anewenter, Director of Rapid Prototyping
Consortium, Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Enhanced Realism for Advanced Prototypes
Further advancing realism for 3D printed prototypes, Stratasys also
announced a range of new materials for its J750 and J735 PolyJet 3D
Printers. These enhancements include five new materials with an ability
to mimic rubber, leather or plastic. These highly realistic prototypes
are designed to enable teams to better meet specific design objectives,
streamline iterations, and shorten time-to-market and time-to-revenue.
Agilus30 White material can mirror such parts as rubber-like seals and
gaskets for automakers – or vividly colored models used for prototypes
in sporting goods, consumer electronic components, or toys/figurines.
Mixing both rigid and soft materials, Agilus30 White produces the widest
range of life-like prototypes on a single printer. The newest member of
the Agilus family of colors that includes translucent and black, Agilus
White creates the highest levels of detail – critical for such
industries as healthcare, where true white is necessary for such
applications as medical devices.
VeroVivid Cyan expands the J750 and J735 gamut to more than half a
million distinguishable colors - encompassing rigid to opaque, flexible
and transparent. Producing vibrant colors and translucency in a single
print, VeroVivid Cyan and the new VeroFlexVivid engineer effective,
realistic prototypes for such markets as consumer goods, packaging, and
eyewear. Supported by enhanced GrabCAD Print color profiles, designers
can actually “print what they see” with enhanced color accuracy.
Antero 800NA and MED625FLX
Delivering on previously announced roadmaps, Stratasys is now making its
PEKK-based FDM thermoplastic – Antero800NA – available on F900 3D
Printers. This high-performance material is chemical resistant,
possesses ultra-low outgassing properties, and exhibits high heat
resistance – ideally suited for aircraft and space applications.
MED625FLX is a bio-compatible material, well-suited for dental and
orthodontic applications such as indirect bonding (IDB) trays and
implantology case work ups. Now available on both Objet260 Dental and
Objet260/500 Dental Selection 3D Printers, the material is designed to
advance Indirect Bonding Trays by allowing the direct printing of
flexible IDB trays, and is built to enable orthodontists to reduce
bracket placement times up to 75 percent and cut the cost for labs to
produce by 40%.