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Stratasys has introduced a nylon material designed to offer greater resistance to breaking and better impact strength than other fused deposition modeling (FDM) materials. Specifically engineered for the company’s line of Fortus 3D production systems, FDM Nylon 12’s elongation-at-break specification is said to surpass that of other 3D-printed nylon 12 materials by as much as 100 percent. This can enable manufacturers in aerospace, automotive, home appliance and consumer electronics to create durable parts that can stand up to high vibration, repetitive stress or fatigue.
FDM Nylon 12 is available for the Fortus 360, 400 and 900 systems. It is initially being offered in black and is paired with SR110, a new soluble support material that the company says is optimized for the nylon material. Support removal requires virtually no labor and is conveniently washed away in the same cleaning agent as other FDM-soluble supports, Stratasys says.
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