FDM Nylon 12CF with very high stiffness-to-weight ratio is capable of replacing metal components in a range of prototyping, tooling and end-use applications
Agilus30 rubber-like material line has superior durability, tear resistance and elongation-at-break properties for design verification and prototyping
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The impressive mechanical properties of FDM Nylon 12CF allow engineers to explore the possible transition from traditional metal parts to 3D printed plastic composites (Photo:
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.
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.
FDM Nylon 12CF will be of special interest for the following users and use cases:
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.
"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," said
"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," continued Guy.
"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," said
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 in (0.254 mm).
Visit the FDM Nylon 12CF webpage for further information on the material.
Video: New FDM Nylon 12CF high performance carbon fiber-reinforced composite material with superior stiffness to weight ratio.
Agilus30: Improved Flexibility and Tear-Resistance
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.
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.
Agilus30 is compatible with Stratasys' Objet260/350/500 Connex1/2/3 3D Printing platforms and is now available for shipping.
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