It’s thrilling to see the new ways our customers are pushing technology boundaries with advanced applications of additive manufacturing across a range of industries – from aerospace to automotive and other complex manufacturing environments.
But while you might think the 3D printer itself is a primary enabler of innovation, you can’t overlook the significance of materials used during the build process. If the right supporting thermoplastic or other material isn’t available – you may just be left compromising, instead of breaking new barriers.
That’s why Stratasys continues to invest in innovation of advanced thermoplastic materials – helping customers harness the power of additive manufacturing to build better 3D printed prototypes, tooling and end-use parts. With that in mind, we recently introduced two new FDM thermoplastics – and opened up access for another to expand its use on one of our most popular 3D printers.
Diran 410MF07 – Tough Nylon with Low Friction
The first innovation is Diran™ 410MF07 – a nylon-based material that delivers impressive toughness often required in manufacturing environments. But unlike some other thermoplastics, parts made with Diran have a smooth, lubricious feel. The result is very low surface friction, a valuable feature in cases where movement between parts is desired. We see it as a great material for manufacturing tooling applications, since the thermoplastic can withstand a tough shop environment. Even better, its slick surface offers low sliding resistance against other tools or parts.
Antero 840CN03 – Adding ESD to Antero Family
Our second new material, Antero™ 840CN03, expands on our high-performance Antero lineup of FDM filaments. This offering in our Antero material family is based on Kepstan® PEKK. Leveraging a strategic supplier relationship with Arkema, the material adds static dissipative (ESD) capabilities to Antero’s already impressive array of physical and mechanical attributes.
In addition to unmatched strength, chemical resistance and low-outgassing properties – Antero 840CN03 ensures users can 3D print manufacturing tools and parts for static-sensitive applications. The Antero material is also being added by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, our contract manufacturing division – as part of its comprehensive material offerings. Stratasys Direct began using PEKK-based dissipative materials in 2017 and has been validating the performance of Antero 840CN03 for several years. Stratasys’ commercialization of the material is the newest addition to the Stratasys Direct suite of high-performance plastics – available for order today.
Whether you’re making hatch covers for the next generation of spacecraft or need a faster, less costly way to engineer tools in the production of electronic components, Antero 840CN03 easily checks all the boxes.
ABS-ESD7 – Now for F370
And staying on the theme of critical ESD capability, we’re now offering ABS-ESD7™ on our popular F370 3D printer. ABS-ESD7 provides all the benefits of ABS – high impact resistance and flexural strength – with ESD performance. Plus, users now get the strength of our F370 machine – widely considered a proven workhorse in the F123 Series of printers that provide easy-to-use, plug-and-play capability. Opening access to ABS-ESD7 is a natural fit that broadens the F370’s capabilities.
At Stratasys, we’re dedicated to pushing the limits innovation – providing all the tools customers demand to leverage the power of 3D printing. And a big part of that equation is expanding on an already broad range of thermoplastic material choices to meet the needs of a broad – and ever-growing – application universe.