MakerBot Continues to Expand the METHOD Platform with New Nylon Material
MakerBot Nylon enables advanced functional prototyping and end-use part production;
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Due to its high flexural, tensile, and impact strength, Nylon has strong mechanical properties and is ideal for applications that require repetitive motions or applied force, such as manufacturing tools and fixtures, articulated parts, snap fits, living hinges, gears, and air intakes. These parts often experience increased heat due to friction and may require flexibility due to interactions with other parts. Nylon also has high thermal properties and is heat resistant up to 180°C.
“The availability of eight materials for METHOD in less than a year underscores our commitment to customers. As we continue to rapidly expand our materials offerings, customers can choose from a variety of materials that offer different mechanical and thermal properties suited to their applications,” said
Nylon is sensitive to moisture and can easily absorb water in the air. This tendency can cause filament stored in even moderate humidity to produce parts with warping and deformation. METHOD’s sealed material bays can keep Nylon free of damaging humidity. A new spool drying feature will also allow customers to use the METHOD X heated chamber to dry out Nylon spools that have been affected by moisture uptake.
A suite of built-in sensors also helps to ensure materials are stored in their optimal environments—a feature previously only available in traditional industrial 3D printers. In addition, printing Nylon with MakerBot’s water-soluble PVA support material enables users to print complex geometries.
Nylon is expected to begin shipping in early 2020 and will be available in black. For more information, visit https://www.makerbot.com/3d-printers/materials/method-materials/.
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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 MakerBot Nylon material and its features and Stratasys’ and MakerBot’s expectations on the timing of availability of the MakerBot Nylon 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