3D printing with real engineering-grade thermoplastics
FDM thermoplastics are used in numerous industries from aerospace to automotive, rail to medical – to go beyond prototyping and into tooling and low volume production end-use parts to help companies form a digital inventory of spare parts, get new products into production faster, and elevate bottlenecks on the factory floor. Increasingly, FDM thermoplastics are replacing metals and helping many industries lightweight components.
Stratasys FDM 3D Printers make parts in the same material as in-service parts to blur the line between prototype and low-volume production, and offer near like-for-like physical properties as products made using traditional processes.
A variety of thermoplastics including PC-ABS, ABS, polycarbonate, ASA, Nylon 6, carbon fibre composites and even elastomer are available. The 18 available FDM materials offer numerous properties that include transparency, biocompatibility, FST certification, biocompatibility, chemical resistance, sterilisation-compatibility, high thermal resistance and high strength.
As with most additive manufacturing processes, FDM machines use a sacrificial support structure, but the ABS materials have something few others do: no-touch support removal. A soluble support material eliminates manual labour and parts can be placed in a tank for the supports to be dissolved away. All materials can also be sanded to produce a smooth finish suitable for painting.
Find out more in this white paper about the variety of standard, engineering and high-performance thermoplastics. Learn about the different FDM thermoplastics and get essential information regarding application fit, material characteristics and discover the best choice for your use case.
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