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3DXTech: New 3DXMAX ASA 3D Printing Filament Made for Sun & Weather Exposure

by • July 10, 2016 • No Comments

3dxtech_lv4_1455794383__93606The 3D printing industry has exploded into a multi-billion dollar industry that is projected just to store on expanding, in both the industrial and PC levels. Innovations abound, awe-inspiring us at just of each turn, as do leading transformations in manufacturing around the world, enabling for advantageous parts (a fewtimes those that weren’t possible at all previously) to be turn it intod rapidly and affordably. With all of this comes an outpouring of new hardware, software, and materials. And while 3D printing with a melee of alternative materials is all the trend, the use of polymers yet rules. You are most likely well-familiarized with ABS and PLA, but there are in addition a few much like but additional specialized filaments on the market filling in the gaps where traditional materials are lacking.

Allowing designers and professionals to get a much longer life out of their 3D printed models all around, 3DXMAX® ASA (Acrylonitirle Styrene Acrylate) of 3DXTech is a thoughtl example of a newer polymer that is not just engineering-grade, but in addition weatherable and UV-resistant. It is in addition precisely what you want if you are not appearing for that high-gloss appearance.


“Our ASA has a low-gloss matte finish and exhibits lower warp versus ABS, manufacturing it the thoughtl filament for technical prints,” Matt Howlett, President of 3DXTech, told 3DPrint.com.

With 25 years in plastics overall, this materials developer has a refreshing amount of experience in an industry that can yet be considered fledgling in most aspects. Founded in 2014, the thought behind the company was to focus on manufacturing 3D printing materials for suberb functionality that in addition break through a few of the barriers cause by standard filament limitations. We’ve followed this company for really a while as they’ve released numerous new materials like Carbon Fiber PETG and CF-Nylon and Ultem 9085.

With this latest release, 3DXTech is offering a material for outdoor applications that can allow 3D prints to withstand ‘intense exposure’ to the weather, and prolonged sunshine. ASA offers exceptional UV stability, that is why this resin is in addition utilized in the automobile, marine, and RV industries.

“Our ASA is thoughtl for exterior applications such as mirror hovias, cowl covers, radiator grills, and sensor hovias,” states Howlett.


Outdoor bird feeder turn it intod via 3DXMAX® ASA

If you are working on a additional technical 3D printing project that can be exposed to the outdoors, with ASA you can appear in the direction of benefits like:

UV resistant weatherable polymerLow gloss matte finishVery low / near-zero warpExcellent bed adhesionIncredible layer bondingMechanical and thermal properties much like to ABS

In new testing of 3DXMAX® ASA, the 3DXTech team printed out ISO test bars and and so had them tested at an A2LA accredited lab. With quite much like thermal and mechanical properties as ABS, here are a few of the results:

Tensile Strength: 43 MPaTensile Modulus: 2010 MPaTensile Elongation: 6%Tg: 103°C

Recommended print conditions:

Extruder Temp: 235-255°CBed Temp: 90-110°C, rad the bed down by of 10-20°C after the initially couple of layersBed Prep: 3DXTech Polyimide Tape, ABS / acetone slurry, or hairspray on clean glassEnclosure: An enclosure is recommended to assist store a few heat in while printing with ASASupport: HIPS assist works excellent to turn it into difficult parts. More of 3DXTech HIPS assist can be discovered here.

This new filament, starting at $29 USD, is on the market in 10 fade-resistant colors, on reels of up to 25kg for large-format printing equipment. What do you ponder of the benefits involved with this new filament? Discuss additional in the 3DXMAX® ASA 3D Printing Filament forum over at 3DPB.com.