4/10/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Stratasys Adds PolyJet Materials and FDM Carbon Fiber-Filled Nylon

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The company's latest nylon material is said to be strong enough to replace metal in some applications.

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Stratasys has introduced two new materials: Agilus30, a line of high-durability flexible materials for the PolyJet process said to withstand repeated flexing without tearing or deforming, and FDM Nylon 12CF, a carbon fiber-filled thermoplastic the company says is strong enough to replace metal components.

The Agilus30 family of materials, consisting of Agilus30 and Agilus30 Black, is intended to simulate flexible or rubber materials. The materials enable greater freedom to handle and test flexible parts and prototypes while delivering good accuracy, fine details and enhanced product realism, the company says.

Suitable for modeling delicate parts that undergo repeated flexing and bending, the Agilus30 family offers all-around rubber-like performance and compatibility with soluble support (SUP706).

Potential applications include over-molding, soft-touch and living hinges, hoses, seals and gaskets, knobs, grips, pulls, and handles. Agilus30 can also be combined with additional materials to create varying Shore A values, shades and colors.

Agilus30 is compatible with Stratasys’ Objet260/350/500 Connex1/2/3 3D printing platforms and is now available for shipping.

According to Stratasys, FDM Nylon 12CF is ideal for rapid prototyping; strong, lightweight tooling; and end-use parts. Containing 35 percent chopped carbon-fiber by weight, the nylon material offers a good stiffness-to-weight ratio and has met functional performance testing demands in automotive, aerospace, recreational goods and industrial manufacturing sectors, the company says.

The material has potential applications in functional prototyping, manufacturing aids and low-volume production parts. Utah Trikes, a beta customer for the material, is using FDM Nylon 12CF to cut its product development times. 

“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 under two weeks, where in the past it could take us over two months,” says Ashley Guy, president and CEO of Utah Trikes.

The material's high stiffness-to weight ratio makes it suitable for drill guides, end-of-arm tooling, brackets, jigs, fixtures and even metalforming tools as well.

Expected to begin shipping in Q2 2017, FDM Nylon 12CF is available for the Stratasys Fortus 450mc production 3D printer and is compatible with soluble support SR-110. It requires an updated version of Insight software and a hardware upgrade. The material can produce parts in a layer thickness of 0.010"  (0.254 mm).

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