MakerBot Broadens METHOD Material Offering with Precision ASA for Outdoor Applications
Optimized for outdoor applications, ASA is an engineering-grade material with high ultra-violet and chemical resistant properties.
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ASA is an engineering-grade material with high weather-resistant properties, which make it optimal for outdoor applications, such as outdoor electrical box covers, gardening equipment, and automotive side view mirror housings. ASA is available for METHOD X, a powerful manufacturing workstation with an up to 100°C Circulating Heated Chamber capable of providing a superior print environment for industrial-level materials. Powered by Stratasys®, the MakerBot METHOD X is designed to help engineers achieve dimensionally-accurate production-grade parts at a lower cost than traditional manufacturing.
“We are committed to adding a wide range of materials to the METHOD platform to support the different needs of our customers and their applications,” said
ASA has mechanical properties similar to ABS but with stronger ultra-violet (UV), long-term heat resistance, and chemical resistance. This enables ASA to retain its gloss, color, and properties in outdoor exposure better than ABS. ASA’s weather-resistant properties make it ideal for many end-use parts and functional prototype applications that are exposed to harsh environments, such as those within the automotive, power and utilities, agriculture, oil & gas, and mass transit industries.
Engineers can print unrestricted geometries when printing ASA with Stratasys SR-30 industrial support material. The combination of these two materials allows users to achieve consistent and repeatable parts with ± 0.2 mm dimensional accuracy1, resulting in superior surface finish and print precision. METHOD X is the only 3D printer in its price-class that uses SR-30, providing engineers with unlimited design freedom.
MakerBot’s line of Precision Materials for METHOD include MakerBot Tough, PLA, PVA, ABS, and ASA, and are primarily used for prototyping, jigs and fixtures, and end-use parts. These materials have been extensively tested by MakerBot for the highest reliability and measurably-accurate parts.
MakerBot is scheduled to showcase Precision ASA at TCT Show UK in
Precision ASA is expected to begin shipping in
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Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statement
The statements in this press release relating to Stratasys’ and/or MakerBot's beliefs regarding the benefits consumers will experience from the Precision ASA material and its features and Stratasys’ and MakerBot’s expectations on timing of shipping the Precision ASA material are forward-looking statements reflecting management's current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information that is, by its nature, subject to rapid and even abrupt change. Due to risks and uncertainties associated with
10.2 mm or ± 0.002 mm per mm of travel (whichever is greater). Based on internal testing of selected geometries.