Handgrip prototype 3D printed in Digital ABS2 green.
Leading manufacturer of 3D printing hardware and materials Stratasys has released the second generation of its Digital ABS material.
Christened ABS2, the new material has been designed for Stratasys PolyJet printers. Enhanced software increases the rigidity of the material, as well as its durability and functionality of thin-wall elements with high-dimensional stability. This is in order to improve form, fit and assembly for prototyping or production applications and is available in ivory in addition to the existing green colour.
Moreover, the rigidity of ABS2 makes it the perfect material for 3D printing cores and cavities and for use in low-volume injection moulding applications using thermoplastics. Among the benefits of this improved material are sharper, more robust edges and the improved ability to 3D print small parts like pins and more delicate features that are strong enough to handle the high stresses of injection moulding.
Director of Materials and Applications Project Management at Stratasys Fred Fischer said: "In addition to general purpose applications, Digital ABS2 is ideal for prototyping consumer electronics and other consumer goods, including small appliances and cell phones, which require high stability with thin-wall geometries."
Stratasys PolyJet digital materials are composite materials created by simultaneously jetting two distinct PolyJet materials. The two are combined in specific concentrations and structures to provide unique mechanical properties and to provide a closer look, feel and function to the end-product. Stratasys Digital ABS materials combine high-temperature resistance with enhanced strength and stability to produce models that can sustain high impact.
Digital ABS2 is available for Objet Connex systems.