Stratasys expands its offering with 13 new validated materials
Stratasys has validated 13 new materials for the Fortus 450mc 3D printer, as well as SAF PA12 powder from the company’s new materials partner, ALM, for the H350 3D printer, which is powered by SAF technology. OpenAM software, including an open material license, is also now available for the Fortus 450mc printer – enabling printing with exploratory open materials.
“There should be no limits to what is possible with 3D printing,” said Dr. Yoav Zeif, CEO of Stratasys. “The polymer materials industry is investing in additive manufacturing like never before, and we want our world-class customers to be able to take full advantage of these chemistry innovations as quickly as possible. That’s exactly what what our hybrid materials strategy is doing, because the world urgently needs to move to large-scale additive manufacturing.”
DI Labs is a fast-growing additive manufacturing services bureau, built by product development engineers with deep technical knowledge, making it an ideal global launch partner and the first beta site for the OpenAM solution. “Our Fortus 450mc printer gives us consistent and reliable print results, but until now we have been limited by materials,” said Carl Douglass, CEO of DI Labs. “We are proud to have engineers working directly with the Stratasys development team to refine this new software platform and help optimize the printing process with materials like PEKK, PEEK and others. OpenAM software will allow us to unlock endless opportunities using add-ons for complex applications in aerospace, medical devices, heavy industry and automotive.
13 new FDM materials validated
Stratasys is partnering with Covestro, Kimya and Victrex plc to make Stratasys validated materials available for Stratasys FDM printers, starting with the Fortus 450mc. These materials have been validated by Stratasys with baseline reliability testing to accelerate the expansion of material options available to the market.
Recently validated FDM materials, which are available to order now and expected to ship in early 2023, include VICTREX AM 200, a solid, semi-crystalline PAEK filament, Covestro Addigy PA6/66-GF20 FR LS, a flame retardant filament, fiberglass composite, Kimya PC-FR, a flame retardant polycarbonate material, and FDM HIPS, an affordable impact-resistant polystyrene material.
In addition to these materials, several existing materials are now available as validated color materials, including ULTEM 9085 Red, Dream Grey, White, Jana White, Gunship Gray and Aircraft Grey, PC Red and Black, and PCS-ABS Red.
Access to third-party open documents for the Fortus 450mc
Stratasys also continues to expand use cases for the Fortus 450mc 3D printer by giving customers access to third-party open materials through an annual OpenAM Materials License, which Stratasys provided to Origin One customers earlier. This year. The software, used in conjunction with GrabCAD Print or Insight, provides settings controls and printer tuning capabilities for customers wishing to use open market filaments or newly developed proprietary formulas. The software can also be used to adjust parameters to meet unique customer requirements for preferred and validated Stratasys materials.
ALM will supply PA12 powder
Stratasys recently selected Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) as the first supplier of SAF PA12 material for the H350 3D printer. PA12, also known as Nylon 12, is one of the most popular materials in industrial 3D printing today – providing geometric accuracy, chemical resistance and stiffness for machine components, applications communications industry and prototyping.
Powder bed additive manufacturing systems come with special material requirements to meet production applications, and ALM specializes in the engineering, testing and manufacturing of high quality polymeric materials. “Stratasys’ focus on production, material quality and process repeatability are key drivers of value for the H350 printer,” said Donnie Vanelli, president of ALM. “ALM shines in tailoring powders to specific applications and processes, and our collaboration with Stratasys is important for customers who are scaling their AM production and who will see compelling value in the combination of ALM PA12 and SAF technology – surpassing their quality expectations.
Stratasys currently expects to be able to take orders for SAF PA12 before the end of the year.