Stratasys joins the carbon fibre-filled party with new FDM 3D printing material

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The impressive strength-to-weight ratio of the FDM Nylon 12CF could prove transformative for many industries

In it’s latest materials release, Stratasys has finally taken the lid off its chopped carbon material, launching FDM Nylon 12CF with a very high stiffness-to-weight ratio.

The thermoplastic is capable of replacing some metal components in a range of prototyping, tooling and end-use applications due to its 35 per cent chopped carbon-fiber make-up and potential for 0.254 mm layer thickness.

“It enables designers to develop more practical and functional designs and get them to market faster, without worrying about how to prototype those parts using metal or molding,” said Zehavit Reisin, VP, head of rapid prototyping for Stratasys, who will be explaining more about the new materials at DEVELOP3D LIVE on 28 March.
“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,” she added.

Expected to begin shipping in Q2 2017, FDM Nylon 12CF is available for the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D Printer and is compatible with soluble support SR-110. It requires an updated version of Insight software and a hardware upgrade.

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A medical device printed in Agilus30, a rubber-like material line for the Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers

Also launched is Agilus30, a rubber-like material line for the Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers, with increased durability, tear resistance and elongation-at-break properties for design verification prototyping that can withstand repeated flexing.

A great 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.

Useful for over-molding, soft-touch and living hinges, hoses, seals and gaskets, Agilus30 can also be combined with additional materials to create a wide range of Digital Materials with varying shore values, shades and colors.

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