16th November 2021
Following on from existing open material availability on Neo stereolithography, Origin One, and H350 printers, this expanding approach to the 3D printing material ecosystem will enable manufacturing customers to adapt to changing demands and new requirements.
In September, Stratasys introduced an Open Material License for the Origin One P3 printer with two new materials from Loctite. This step into the third-party materials for FDM thermoplastics is done in the hopes of expanding manufacturing customer choice and further solidifying the reliability of FDM 3D printing.
“Innovative materials are the fuel powering additive manufacturing,” said Hugo da Silva, Vice President Additive Manufacturing at Covestro, a leading supplier of premium polymers. “That means we need more variety in materials to address as many manufacturing applications as possible. At the same time, we want to ensure customers have the utmost confidence in the performance of those materials. Stratasys’ new program is an important milestone for our industry, and we look forward to being a significant FDM filament provider.”
Manufacturing Senior Vice President Dick Anderson said this new material ecosystem reflects the increasingly central role of additive manufacturing for Stratasys customers. “Our customers urgently need the benefits of additive manufacturing at scale in their organizations – addressing sustainability, cost competitiveness, agility, and customization requirements,” he said. “Our three-tiered material ecosystem will help bring material innovation to our customers faster so we can continue to ensure the most trusted and reliable additive manufacturing platform is a substantial and essential part of the global manufacturing economy.”
The Stratasys Material Ecosystem includes:
Stratasys Preferred: Preferred by Stratasys for its customers for the highest performance applications. These materials are engineered to provide the best combination of material and printer performance and are developed either by Stratasys or third-party material partners.
Stratasys Validated: 3D printing material validated by Stratasys with basic reliability testing to accelerate the expansion of material options available in the marketplace.
Open: Unvalidated materials accessed via an Open Material License (OML). These materials may offer unique attributes and the potential to address new applications but they have not received validation testing or optimization relative to performance and functionality on a Stratasys printer.
Stratasys-Validated materials are expected to be available to customers of FDM 3D printers during the second half of 2022, starting with the Fortus 450mc.