Manufacturing.net reports that a new material option for Stratasys users is now available.
ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) is available for FDM-based production 3D printers. This new material “is ideal for manufacturers in the construction, automotive, electronics, and sporting goods industries….[it’s] an all-purpose material used for the production of prototypes, manufacturing tools, and finished goods.”
“Manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods, and construction industries can benefit from ASA’s UV stability, strength, and durability. Applications include jigs and fixtures, electrical boxes, recreational vehicles, and outdoor tools.”
Stratasys has made ASA available in black and ivory and “compatible with existing Stratasys SR-30 support material and priced similar to ABS.” ASA is “compatible with the Fortus 360mc, 400mc, and 900mc 3D Production Systems.“
As opposed to ABS plastic, ASA thermoplastic offers “UV resistance, so parts will resist fading and remain durable with long term exposure to direct sunlight…Compared to ABS, details such as printed text and other features are greatly improved by ASA’s matte finish.”
Brendan Dillon, product manager for Stratasys explains: “as 3D printing becomes a more mainstream production process, and parts are used for a longer period of time and in diverse environments, UV resistance becomes a must-have feature. Once customers use ASA, they may not go back to ABS.”
Quotes Courtesy of Manufacturing.net
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