Thursday, 11 September 2014

ASA is the new thermoplastic to replace ABS filament for Fortus systems


New UV-Resistant ASA Thermoplastic Expands 3D Printed Outdoor Applications, Introduced at IMTS


Stratasys has expanded the variety of outdoor and mechanical applications that can be 3D printed with the launch of its new ASA on September 8, at IMTS.  ASA (Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate) is an all-purpose thermoplastic 3D printing material for Stratasys FDM-based 3D Printers and Production Systems. Manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods, construction and other industries will benefit from ASA’s strength and durability. Applications include jigs and fixtures, electrical boxes, recreational vehicles and outdoor tools. 
The new Stratasys ASA UV resistant 3D printing material is especially ideal for manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods and construction industries.



Compatible with the Fortus 360mc, 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems, ASA thermoplastic surpasses the capabilities of ABS, offering UV resistance so parts will be durable and resist fading even with long-term exposure to direct sunlight. 

Considered to have the best aesthetics of any FDM material available, ASA offers an exceptional surface finish – details such as printed text and other features are greatly improved by ASA’s matte finish. 

The new Stratasys ASA UV resistant 3D printing material is especially ideal for manufacturers in the automotive, electronics, commercial, sporting goods and construction industries.It is also a highly reliable material, delivering a 50 percent increase in impact strength over Stratasys ABS, and a 25 percent increase in durability with slightly more flexibility.

ASA joins the Stratasys family of production-grade thermoplastics, including ABS, Nylon, PC and high-performance ULTEM 9085, developed to build tough, durable concept models, prototypes, tools and end-use parts.
See ASA in action right now in this exclusive vlog interview with Brendan Dillon, Product Manager at Stratasys.