Stratasys unveils latest elastomers for 3D printing

Stratasys is bringing to market elastomers and enhanced materials for its FDM and PolyJet machines. The FDM elastomer solution is intended to provide manufacturers with new levels of elasticity, durability with soluble support, while advanced colours for PolyJet promote enhanced realism in legacy design and prototyping processes.

Empowering engineers with fast, accurate and functional elastomers, customers can now produce parts with an ability to greatly stretch or compress without losing shape. Offered across the F123 3D printer platform, the Stratasys TPU 92A elastomer is designed to meet the needs of manufacturers requiring high part elongation, superior toughness and full design freedom. With hands-free soluble support, the solution can reduce both production time and labour costs, says the company.

Further advancing realism for 3D printed prototypes, Stratasys also has a range of newly developed materials for its J750 and J735 PolyJet 3D printers. These enhancements include five materials with an ability to mimic rubber, leather or plastic.

Agilus30 White can mirror such parts as rubber-like seals and gaskets for automakers – or vividly coloured models used for prototypes in sporting goods, electronic components or toys/figurines. Mixing both rigid and soft materials, Agilus30 White produces a range of life-like prototypes on a single printer. The newest member of the Agilus family of colours that includes translucent and black, Agilus White creates high levels of detail – critical for industries such as healthcare, where true white is necessary for applications such as medical devices.

In a further development, VeroVivid Cyan expands the J750 and J735 gamut to more than half a million distinguishable colours – encompassing rigid to opaque, flexible and transparent. Producing vibrant colours and translucency in a single print, VeroVivid Cyan and the newly developed VeroFlexVivid engineer effective, realistic prototypes for markets like consumer goods, packaging, and eyewear. Supported by enhanced GrabCAD Print colour profiles, designers can actually “print what they see” with enhanced colour accuracy.

Delivering on previously announced roadmaps, Stratasys is now making its PEKK-based FDM thermoplastic – Antero800NA – available on F900 3D printers. This material is chemical resistant, possesses low outgassing properties, and exhibits high heat resistance, making it suited to aircraft and space applications.