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Stratasys Expands 3D Printing Range with Nylon Composite & Rubber-like Material

Published on 2017-04-04. Author : SpecialChem

The Impressive Mechanical Properties of FDM Nylon 12CF Allow Engineers to Explore the Possible Transition from Traditional Metal Parts To 3D Printed Plastic Composites
The Impressive Mechanical Properties of FDM Nylon 12CF
Allow Engineers to Explore the Possible Transition from Traditional
Metal Parts To 3D Printed Plastic Composites
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel -- Stratasys Ltd. has recently announced two new advanced materials: FDM Nylon 12CF - a carbon fiber-filled thermoplastic strong enough to replace metal components in a range of applications, and, for the PolyJet process, Agilus30 - a new line of high-durability flexible materials that can withstand repeated flexing without tearing or deforming.

Advanced 3D Printing Materials


FDM Nylon 12CF: Best Stratasys FDM Stiffness-to-Weight Ratio


The first high-performance composite material to replace a range of metal applications available for Stratasys FDM technology, FDM Nylon 12CF is ideal for rapid prototyping, strong, light-weight tooling and end-use parts.

Benefits


Containing 35 percent chopped carbon-fiber by weight, FDM Nylon 12CF offers the best stiffness-to-weight ratio among Stratasys FDM thermoplastics, meeting functional performance testing demands in automotive, aerospace, recreational goods, and industrial manufacturing sectors.

Applications


FDM Nylon12CF Replaces Metal
FDM Nylon 12CF will be of special interest for the following users and use cases:
• Design engineers that need to rapidly produce strong, light-weight and rigid components for functional prototyping, thus reducing new product time-to-market.
• Manufacturing engineers that produce manufacturing aids, such as jigs and fixtures, where high material stiffness and strength is required and there is great benefit to the significant weight savings over metal tooling components.
• Design engineers making low-volume production parts with unique structural requirements, where high strength in one-direction is required.

FDM Nylon 12CF beta customer Utah Trikes is taking advantage of the material's properties throughout its development and production process to make significant cuts to its product development times.

Ashley Guy, president and CEO of Utah Trikes, said:
"The excellent strength and stiffness-to-weight ratio of the FDM Nylon 12CF material is a game changer for us. It means we can prototype almost every part of our product on Stratasys FDM 3D Printers in less than two weeks, where in the past it could take us over two months.”

Ashley Guy continued:
"I no longer have to constrain my designs because of prototyping limitations. Now I can focus on designing better, more functional parts without worrying about how to shape the aluminum or how to lay up carbon fiber onto the molds. Stratasys FDM Nylon 12CF parts can be 3D printed faster, with superior stiffness-to-weight performance and with better repeatability than any other 3D printing technology or vendor we've seen.”

Zehavit Reisin, VP, Head of Rapid Prototyping for Stratasys, said:
"We believe that the impressive strength-to-weight ratio of the FDM Nylon 12CF is transformative for many industries from consumer goods and recreational goods to automotive and aerospace. It enables designers to develop more practical and functional designs and get them to market faster, without worrying about how to prototype those parts using metal or molding."

According to Tim Schniepp, Head of Tooling Solutions for Stratasys:
"The very high stiffness-to-weight ratio of the FDM Nylon 12CF material makes it extremely well suited for a wide range of final part and manufacturing tooling applications where the combination of stiffness, strength and low weight is critical to the performance. Examples include drill guides, end- of- arm tooling, brackets, jigs, fixtures, and even metal forming tools."

Agilus30: Improved Flexibility and Tear-Resistance


Agilus30 Material
  • The Agilus30 family of materials, consisting of Agilus30 and Agilus30 Black, is created for designers and engineers that need to simulate flexible or rubber materials. 
  • The materials enable greater freedom to handle and test flexible parts and prototypes while delivering superior accuracy, fine details and enhanced product realism. 

An excellent choice for modeling delicate parts that undergo repeated flexing and bending, the Agilus30 family's all-around rubber-like performance and compatibility with soluble support (SUP706) is expected to be of interest to mechanical engineers, RP managers and industrial designers.

Applications


  • Examples of applications benefitting from Agilus30 include over-molding, soft-touch and living hinges, hoses, seals and gaskets, as well as knobs, grips, pulls, and handles.
  • Agilus30 can also be combined with additional materials to create a wide range of Digital Materials with varying Shore A values, shades and colors. 

About Stratasys Ltd.


For more than 25 years, Stratasys Ltd. has been a defining force and dominant player in 3D printing and additive manufacturing - shaping the way things are made. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, the company empowers customers across a broad range of vertical markets by enabling new paradigms for design and manufacturing. The company's solutions provide customers with unmatched design freedom and manufacturing flexibility - reducing time-to-market and lowering development costs, while improving designs and communications.

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Source: Stratasys Ltd.
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