Stratasys Introduces UV-Resistant Thermoplastic for 3D Printing

Stratasys ASA thermoplastic's UV resistance is ideal for manufacturers in the construction, automotive, electronics, and sporting goods industries. Photo: Stratasyssporting goods industries. Photo: Stratasys

Global additive manufacturing and 3D printing solutions provider, Stratasys, has introduced Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate (ASA) for FDM-based 3D printing. ASA is a thermoplastic material that is also UV-resistant.

Stratasys manufactures FDM-based production 3D printers. ASA is a versatile material that can be used to produce finished goods, tools for manufacturing, and for developing prototypes. This material demonstrates durability, strength and UV stability.

Its UV resistance properties enables ASA components to resist fading and withstand direct sunlight exposure for long periods. The ASA demonstrates excellent aesthetics and provides outstanding surface finishes.

When compared with ABS, this material demonstrates better capabilities. The matte finish of ASA material improves details, for instance printed text and other details. This material can be used with Fortus 900mc, 400mc and 360mc 3D Production Systems. It can be employed in a wide range of industries, including electronics, construction, automotive, sporting goods and commercial industries.

This thermoplastic material can be used to manufacture electrical boxes, outdoor tools, jigs, fixtures, and recreational vehicles. Stratasys supplies the ASA material in ivory and black options. As the thermoplastic is a “green-flag” material, users of Stratasys Insight software would be able to produce products or parts easily.

As 3D printing becomes a more mainstream production process, and parts are used for a longer period of time and in diverse environments, UV resistance becomes a must-have feature.

Brendan Dillon, product manager forStratasys

Stratasys will be showcasing the ASA material in booth #N-6144 at IMTS 2014 in Chicago.

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Stuart Milne

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Stuart Milne

Stuart graduated from the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff with a first-class honours degree in Industrial Product Design. After working on a start-up company involved in LED Lighting solutions, Stuart decided to take an opportunity with AZoNetwork. Over the past five years at AZoNetwork, Stuart has been involved in developing an industry leading range of products, enhancing client experience and improving internal systems designed to deliver significant value for clients hard earned marketing dollars. In his spare time Stuart likes to continue his love for art and design by creating art work and continuing his love for sketching. In the future Stuart, would like to continue his love for travel and explore new and exciting places.

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