TCT Magazine recently commented upon Stratasys’ latest range of FDM & Polyjet materials for 3D printing. This announcement was made at Formnext.
Stratasys “has launched the TPU 92A Elastomer, available across its F123 FDM series and through its Stratasys Direct Manufacturing business. This material is said to boast high elongation and toughness, stretching significantly without losing shape, and with hands-free soluble support, can help to reduce production time and labor costs.”
Stratasys aims for this ‘compelling’ material to help users “produce medium to large parts, which are complex and require resilience, that were previously not possible.” As Stratasys’ Vice President and Head of Solutions and Materials Business Zehavit Reisin elaborates: “creating elastomer parts using traditional silicone or CNC molds are extremely costly and time consuming – while it is our view other additive techniques just cannot deliver parts with the size and complexity of our elastomer approach. Manufacturers demand 3D printing solutions which 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.”
Additionally, on the FDM front, Stratasys has announced the Antero800NA, which is a PEKK-based thermoplastic. This high-performance material “is notable for its chemical resistance, high heat resistance, and low outgassing properties, which make it suitable for aerospace applications.” Stratasys has also launched “a set of materials able to mimic the qualities of rubber, leather, or plastic” for its PolyJet J750 and J735 full-color 3D printers.
“Finally, MED625FLX, a bio-compatible material said to be well-suited for dental and orthodontic applications, is now available on Stratasys’ Objet 260 Dental and Objet 260/500 Dental Selection machines. This material has been designed to directly print flexible IDB trays, reducing bracket placement times and cutting the costs for labs.”
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