Stratasys has released 2 new plastic materials for the Fortus printers. These new materials further expand the capabilities of Additive Manufacturing with FDM technology.
The Two Newest FDM Materials are:
1. Ultem 1010
Ultem 1010 is the newest addition to the family of high performance plastics that Stratasys has introduced for the Fortus 900mc. It’s robust strength and biocompatibility is suitable for a wide array of applications across many industries. With the highest height deflection and thermal stability of any thermoplastic in fused deposition modeling, Ultem 1010 has the ability to print parts so strong, that they can endure autoclave-sterilization, as well as exposure to a wide array of chemicals. These characteristics earned Ultem 1010 both NSF 51 food-contact certification, and a biocompatible ISO 10993/USP Class VI certification. These certifications based on the material properties create new opportunities in the food-production tools and medical devices fields. Ultem 1010 is the third new material Stratasys added to its FDM systems this year, further demonstrating the company’s focus on the development of state of the art materials for additive manufacturing.
2. Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrile
Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrile, or ASA, offers both excellent UV stability and the best part finish of any FDM thermoplastic. ASA’s UV stability means new applications for outdoor products and prototypes, even end-use parts. The matte finish of ASA reduces the appearance of build lines from the FDM process and makes for eye-catching models in both black and ivory colors. In addition to improved looks, the new ASA material exceeds the mechanical properties of ABS, which translates into lighter parts built with less time and cost than traditional ABS.
The material is part of the standard plastics that are available for the Fortus 360mc, 380mc, 400mc, 450mc and 900mc machines.