Innovative additive manufacturing material released by Stratasys and BASF

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Flexible automotive component. Image supplied.

Stratasys announced the commercial availability of its new material, SAF Polypropylene (PP), designed for use on the Stratasys H350 printer, set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Attendees can view the material at the Stratasys booth during the upcoming RAPID + TCT Expo in Los Angeles, CA, from 25 to 27 June, the firm said in a media release.

Offered in partnership with BASF Forward AM, Stratasys SAF PP aims to provide greater cost efficiency and part quality in Powder Bed Fusion technologies.

This material offers a lower cost per part and exceptional surface aesthetics compared to existing materials, meeting the rigorous demands of high-volume production while maintaining exceptional overall quality.

“With superior nesting ability and a total turnaround time of less than 36 hours, SAF PP allows customers to produce hundreds of parts in a single build,” said Neil Hopkinson, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing Technology at Stratasys.

He added, “This boosts productivity and cost efficiency, delivering high-quality parts at a lower cost.”

Engineered for a wide range of applications, SAF PP caters to diverse industries such as automotive, medical, consumer sports, and industrial sectors.

According to Stratasys, the new material has demonstrated the capability to produce robust, defect-free parts with complex geometries, such as flexible tight pipes and intricate sensor mounts.

“The surface finish of SAF™ PP parts is unparalleled,” said Philipp Götz, CEO of Götz Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, a beta customer of this material.

“The fine detail resolution and uniform appearance are far superior to any other PBF printed PP we have seen, significantly enhancing the visual appeal of our final products.”

“The consistent quality of SAF™ PP is exceptional,” added Jennifer Govea, Application Engineer at Sun Digital. “Its airtight and watertight properties ensure reliable performance across various applications. With SAF PP, we can now bring a wide array of additive manufacturing benefits to unlimited applications that use PP today in traditional manufacturing.”

Meanwhile, Martin Back, CEO of BASF Forward AM, expressed his enthusiasm for the collaboration, stating, “We are pleased to collaborate with Stratasys on the development of this new polypropylene material, optimized for their SAF 3D printing technology.”

He continued, “This partnership underscores our commitment to providing robust AM solutions tailored to the needs of industrial manufacturers. Together, we aim to broaden the adoption of AM technologies to make our customers more successful.”

Stratasys invites attendees to visit their booth at Rapid 2024 to experience firsthand the revolutionary capabilities of SAF PP.

During the event, the Stratasys team said it will be on hand to demonstrate the material’s advantages and discuss how SAF PP can transform your manufacturing processes.