Published on March 13th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin
Stratasys introduces two new 3D printing materials
The newest additions to the 3D printing solutions company Stratasys Ltd’s line of materials for 3D printing is: FDM Nylon 12CF, a durable carbon-fiber reinforced thermoplastic, and Agilus30, a resilient, versatile and tear-resistant line of materials for PolyJet 3D printing.
FDM Nylon 12CF, composed of 35% chopped carbon fiber (by weight), is said to possess the best stiffness-to-weight ratio out of all of Stratasys’ FDM thermoplastic materials. This 3D printing material has many advantages over metal and is expected to be used for different applications, such as rapid prototyping, as well as for manufacturing lightweight yet durable parts. FDM Nylon 12CF is likely to be used in the automotive, aerospace, commercial, and industrial manufacturing industries. Stratasys says that this material can be used in processes of manufacturing aids, like fixtures and tooling parts which are low weight yet strong; and manufacturing parts with low-volume and high-strength.
Tim Schniepp, Head of Tooling Solutions for Stratasys said that the high stiffness-to-weight ratio of the FDM Nylon 12CF is its strongest point hence it can be used for a wide range of final part and manufacturing tooling applications. Functions like drill guides, end- of- arm tooling, brackets, jigs, fixtures, and metal forming tools are perfect examples of applications of this material.
The company will begin shipping its new carbon fiber material by Q2 2017. FDM Nylon 12CF functions well with the soluble support materialSR-11 and is used with the Stratasys Fortus 450mc Production 3D printer.
The Agilus30 material series, consisting of Agilus30 and Agilus30 Black, was developed for PolyJet 3D printing. The new material family offers users a versatile, rubber-textured material, which can be used for modeling delicate parts. Stratasys said that the materials enable greater freedom to handle and test flexible parts while attaining superior accuracy and finer detailing in the production.