With an array of flexible PolyJet materials designed to fit different printers and customer needs, Stratasys has paved the way for countless rapid prototyping designs. Their rubberlike materials are flexible enough to withstand repeated tugging and pulling, making it easy for users to create superior tear-resistant prototypes.
Released in 2017, Agilus30 marked a significant improvement on its predecessors. Featuring an elongation at break of 220 – 240%, Agilus30 creates tear-resistant, strong parts.
The University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten became an early adopter of Agilus30 when their mechanical engineering department was attempting to construct a one-of-a-kind self-balancing scooter. The team needed high-quality flexible parts, with a quick turnaround time.
“Producing the prototype parts was a real stumbling block until we discovered 3D printing,” said Dr. Markus Till, Department Head. “Stratasys additive technology enabled us to quickly produce a fully-functional self-balancing scooter of a design that was previously too complex to be created through any other traditional method.”
Agilus30 gave the scooter a better grip to self-balance safely, and the use of additive allowed students to design with more freedom and customization in mind. Since then, Agilus30 has been used by companies across the world for general prototyping, tooling, and medical models.
Originally only available in clear, white, and black, Agilus30 allowed companies to create grayscale parts like never before. But with Agilus30 CMY, released this April, the possibilities have expanded.
Offering Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow, users can set new ranges for exact desired color profiles and shore level control. This new expansion in the PolyJet platform gives more options for industries like footwear, sports/consumer goods, and entertainment to have a full array of accurate color ranges, with flexible textures to mimic high quality rubber.
The first Agilus30 CMY part our team saw was a banana. News of its arrival went through our office like wildfire, everyone taking their turn to ooh and ahh at the part. It had a soft touch and was eerily realistic. It’s safe to say that we’re all incredibly excited to see what companies will create with Agilus30 CMY.
Available on the J5 Series and J35 Pro, Elastico offers the ability for users of small-frame PolyJet machines to print in elastomeric materials. Its release opened the possibilities for companies to prototype parts with enhanced tactile and sensory feel.
A capability that stands out with Elastico is its use creating soft touch components that surround over molding, grips, jigs and fixtures, living hinges, and seals. Its superhero-esque name is just an added bonus.
Flexible materials enable users to create realistic prototypes, accelerating their time to market. To learn more about the possibilities with using PolyJet materials, please reach out to our team at our email [email protected] or by phone at 949.474.9222.
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