27th July 2021
Each excels in its own niche but here are just some of the amazing 3D printing materials that can be used in additive manufacturing.
Fused Deposition Modelling began exclusively with Stratasys. It’s a technology that uses strong thermoplastics within a heated build chamber, with a range of applications from prototyping to end-use parts.
Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber has found a home on many manufacturing shop floors thanks to its fantastic strength. It’s composed of 35% chopper carbon fibres which grants it the highest specific modulus of any FDM material. This adds to the already-fantastic strength of Nylon 12 (also known as Polyamide or PA 12). Nylon 12 CF is strong enough to replace metal tooling whilst shedding the extra weight.
Compatibility: Fortus 450mc, F900.
Antero 840CN03 is a PEKK-based thermoplastic that takes heat, chemical, and mechanical load resistance and adds to it electrostatic dissipative qualities. Antero also offers ultra-low outgassing properties, making it especially suited for high heat and vacuum environments. The result is a thermoplastic that is particularly useful for aerospace and industrial applications. With a 3% carbon nanotube makeup, its strength can be relied on – companies like Boeing can attest to that.
Compatibility: Fortus 450mc, F900.
ABS plastics comprise a range of qualities and material properties. For industries including medical and pharmaceutical, transport, and oil and gas, the ABS family of plastics creates strong, stiff parts that can be biocompatible, electrostatic dissipative, and more. In many ways, it’s the epitome of thermoplastics versatility.
Compatibility: Varies between plastics.
PolyJet printing works with photopolymers rather than thermoplastics. The method of building is a little reminiscent of inkjet printing, spraying the liquid photopolymers onto the build tray in a similar manner to ink sprayed onto paper. UV light instantly cures the polymers, enabling amazing detail and surface finish. PolyJet excels at prototypes, moulds, medical models, and even some manufacturing tools when using the right plastics.
VeroVivid is an incredible material for prototyping and design. With over 500,000 colours and tints available, and nearly 2,000 matchable Pantone colours, the VeroVivid family can be combined to create vibrant pieces featuring transparency, greyscale, and simulated finishes to mimic textures such as wood and fabric.
Compatibility: J835, J850 Prime, J55 Prime.
Agilus30 is a rubber-like material for PolyJet printers that makes for durable, tear-resistant models. This makes it an ideal photopolymer for tough, flexible parts and prototypes for functional testing. With a Shore A value of 30 in clear or black – similar to that of rubber bands – it’s perfect for overmoulds, rubber surrounds, grips, seals, and much more.
Compatibility: J835, J826 Prime, J850 Prime, J55 Prime.
Digital ABS Plus simulates durable production plastics, allowing PolyJet to create some of the same tough parts that FDM excels at. Functional prototypes, snap casings, living hinges, and similar parts can be made using Digital ABS material alongside colourful VeroVivid, and other material combinations can be employed to create unique pieces.
Compatibility: J835, J826 Prime, J850 Prime.
The examples above represent just a fraction of the materials that Stratasys 3D printers can build with, and that’s not including other technologies such as the powder-based SAF method of the H350. Take a look through our range today and discover the other amazing materials waiting to be unlocked.