From the company that brought us the Object500 Connex1 & 2 multi-material 3D printers, Strastasys has launched a new material that’s UV-resistant. This new thermoplastic material is named ASA for Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate, which can be an optional material for Stratasys FDM-based 3D printers.
This multipurpose manufacturing material can be used for a variety of production items such as electronics, sporting goods, and in the automotive and construction industries. ASA is not only durable but a stable too. The ASA thermoplastic offers UV resistance, so parts will remain durable with long-term exposure to direct sunlight.
ASA is compatible with the Fortus 360mc, 400mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems. It is comparable to ABS in printed text details, but the ASA’s matte finish offers the best aesthetics of any FDM material available. As Brendan Dillon, product manager for Stratasys explains, “Once customers use ASA, they may not go back to ABS.”
The ASA UV-resistant thermoplastic is only available in black and ivory. You can find it on their website with comparable prices to ABS. The material does work with existing Stratasys SR-30 support material, but for more information please visit: Stratasys FDM Thermoplastics