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.