3D-printed custom manufacturing tools, like jigs and fixtures, is one example of how additive manufacturing is being used to augment conventional production environments. Now, Stratasys’ Manufacturing Aids Package offers assistance to manufacturers seeking to create custom manufacturing tools. The materials-and-services package includes 40 hours of design work from Stratasys Professional Services to make producing a first tool easy.
|Comprehensive package offers support for rapid building of jigs and fixtures.|
To create strong, lightweight tools, the kit includes six canisters of thermoplastic build material and three canisters of support material. Build material includes Nylon 6 (polyamide)– Stratasys’ newest engineering-grade material – as well as polycarbonate (PC) and acrylic-styrene-acrylonitrile (ASA) plastic. ASA is available in a choice of ten colors.
The Manufacturing Aids Package includes Stratasys’ new SR-35 advanced soluble support material which offers faster dissolve time and extended bath life compared to the company’s previous SR-30 soluble support material. Also included are items such as extra extrusion head tips and build sheets. As a final benefit, the package includes the option for Fortus 900mc owners to extend their factory warranty by two years.
Stratasys Nylon 6 combines the strength of Ultem 9085 polyetherimide (PEI) resin with the toughness of Nylon 12. It reportedly affords a higher strength and stiffness as well as a better 3D printed appearance than Nylon 12. Nylon 6 is one of the most widely used thermoplastics applied in traditional manufacturing. For FDM 3D printing, Stratasys Nylon 6 is specially formulated to control the right balance between mature Nylon 6 properties and controlled shrinkage effects during the FDM 3D printing process.
“3D printing jigs and fixtures enables manufacturers to improve these tools’ usability and ensure their availability,” says Stratasys Sr. Director, Product Management and Marketing, Sanja Wallace. “The ability to design a manufacturing aid specifically for a given task and produce it on demand is a huge benefit. And producing these tools from lightweight thermoplastics instead of metal makes them much easier to use and more cost-effective to produce.”
The Manufacturing Aids Package including the SR-35 support material, along with the Nylon 6, will be available for the Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer for shipping mid-November.