Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a leader in polymer 3D printing solutions, launched a series of announcements in the AM hardware, materials and software segments with the launch of 16 new materials in three of its AM technologies (SAF, FDM and Origin P3 light curing). Overall, the new materials include third-party filaments validated by Stratasys for FDM 3D printers and a variety of open exploratory materials for the P3-based Origin One 3D printer that can be used with an OML – Open Material License (including including Mechnano Formula1 ESD) and polypropylene for SAF technology on the H350 3D printer.
Stratasys CEO Dr. Yoav Zeif said the expanded material options open up more compelling additive manufacturing use cases for Stratasys customers. “When customers identify opportunities for how polymer 3D printing can transform their manufacturing, we want them to know that Stratasys has the solutions – that’s what leaders do,” he said. declared. “With five 3D printing technologies that address the vast majority of the industrial polymer market and an open software ecosystem across the digital thread, our growing materials ecosystem means customers get more materials more quickly, allowing them to quickly bring their additive manufacturing ideas to life.”
First third-party filaments validated for FDM
Stratasys is partnering with materials suppliers Covestro, Kimya and Victrex plc to make Stratasys validated materials available for Stratasys FDM printers, starting with the Fortus 450mc platform. This is a gigantic shift in corporate strategy and one that better reflects (and responds to) the rapidly changing nature of the industrial filament extrusion market. These third-party filaments have been validated by Stratasys with baseline reliability testing to accelerate the expansion of material options available to the market.
New third-party filaments for FDM include high performance polymers such as Arkema/Kimya PEKK-SC, a semi-crystalline PEKK thermoplastic polymer based on Arkema’s KEPSTAN; and VICTREX AM 200, a semi-crystalline thermoplastic LMPAEK filament compatible with a soluble carrier. Reinforced and specialty polymers include Covestro PA6/66 GF20 FR, a flame retardant fiberglass composite material; engineered polymers include Kimya PC FR, a flame retardant polycarbonate material, while new standard grade polymers include HIPS high impact polystyrene. Validated third-party filaments are expected to ship before the end of the year.
Stratasys has also introduced a new material at the highest performing Stratasys Preferred tier. FDM Nylon-CF10 is a strong carbon fiber composite material that should be available by the middle of the year.
OML Open Exploratory Materials for Origin One
Stratasys also continues to expand the use cases served by the Origin One 3D printer by giving customers access to new materials through an annual Open Material License (OML), which Stratasys introduced last fall. Stratasys has identified eight new materials for the OML program that unlock end-use applications with high demands.
Materials developers contributing to the Open New Materials Program include Covestro, Evonik, Arkema, BASF’s Forward AM, Mechnano, Tethon 3D, Liqcreate, and polySpectra. Materials include photopolymer resins for molding, casting, high temperature, ceramic, electrostatic dissipative (ESD) and elastic applications. Materials can be purchased directly from material partners or their distributors and are designed for advanced users for testing, development, and end-use parts with exotic or novel properties.
Polypropylene for SAF on the H350
Additionally, the polypropylene for SAF technology is now ready for use on Stratasys’ H350 3D printer, which is designed for volume production of 3D printed parts. Polypropylene is a versatile, flexible and extremely popular polymer. Its higher ductility and chemical resistance, as well as its ability to be sterilized, make it suitable for a wide variety of applications, such as interior and exterior automotive parts, prosthetics and consumer goods.
Along with PA12 (also known as Nylon 12), which Stratasys announced in September 2021, Polypropylene for SAF will expand the material set for the H350 printer from the initial Stratasys High Yield PA11, a durable material derived 100% biosourced castor beans. . PA12, the most popular material in industrial 3D printing today1, provides geometric precision, chemical resistance and rigidity for machine components, communications industry applications and prototyping. The PA12 and PP are expected to be available later in 2022.
Stratasys now provides a progressively managed open materials ecosystem for the most comprehensive polymer additive technologies in the industry, offering the widest range of optimized and validated materials. Using GrabCAD Print software, customers will now have access to system print settings to fine-tune material capabilities as needed, maximizing part performance. All Stratasys Preferred materials and materials validated for Stratasys systems are available for purchase through Stratasys and reseller partner channels.
Stratasys is at the forefront of the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries including aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. With smart, connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and on-demand parts, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every step of the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.