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Stratasys Custom Materials Development Enables ESD-Safe 3D Printed Aerospace Parts

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Custom Materials Development Enables Printed Parts for Aerospace which
are Electrostatic Discharge Safe. ESD PEKK is on the market on demand of Stratasys Advanced Materials.

By Scott Sevcik, Director, Aerospace & Defense Business Development, Stratasys

Once a satellite is commenceed, there is no way to fix a thing which
breaks. That drives the require
for amazingly
high relicapacity in an extreme environment. Temperatures can range of -150°C to +150°C inside an hour, there is no air flow, and electrostatic charges can create up quite rapidly
. An electrostatic discharge can injure or destroy the sensitive electronics required to operate the satellite, leaving a quite expensive piece of space trash behind.

This avionics box, 3D printed with Stratasys ESD PEKK material, can dissipate electrical charge createup without relying on post-processing steps to prepare the production part.

This avionics box, 3D printed with Stratasys ESD PEKK material, can dissipate electrical charge createup without relying on post-processing steps to prepare the production part.

All of these environmental extremes require
to be planned for and addressed in the create of spacecraft equipment. The traditional advantages of additive making for aerospace – namely, reduced mass
and increased create freedom – have led spacecraft and commence vehicle companies to ask Stratasys for assist in addressing these challenging environments with 3D printing materials which
can meet the extreme temperatures of space without risking electrostatic discharge.

To meet the expanding
demand for material solutions in high requirements industries, Stratasys Advanced Materials works closely with our customers to engineer materials to meet one-of-a-kind challenges. For the high-temperature, electrostatically-sensitive environments of space and electronics customers, Stratasys Advanced Materials created a thermoplastic material called ESD PEKK (dissipative polyetherketoneketone). ESD PEKK’s material properties combine the one-of-a-kind advantage of ABS-ESD7’s electrostatic dissipative (ESD) properties , ULTEMTM 9085’s magnificent durablity
and thermal properties, and the chemical resistance of the PEKK base resin to contribute a material which
yields faster deliquite of multi-functional production parts and tooling.

With the require
for materials which
dissipate electrostatic charge createup to practuallyt injure to components, the space and electronics industries turn to post-processing methods such as coating, painting, and covering with conductive tape to meet ESD properties when via thermoplastics. ESD PEKK’s conductive filler is createed to eliminate the time and expense of extra
post-processing steps and allows for the part to be utilized
right out of the printing device. Additionally, its magnificent tensile durablity
and resistance to chemicals and high temperatures contributes stcapacity for production parts operating in extreme environments. Stratasys has produced a wide range of test data to assist its adoption by customers with demanding requirements. Stratasys has in addition
proven first use cases to meet specific customer requirements, both on the ground and in space.

This material was created to customer-specified requirements by Stratasys Advanced Materials. Stratasys Advanced Materials has the capacity to create and compound a wide range of materials tailored to application-specific requirements. Engineered Materials Programs through Advanced Materials, such as the ESD PEKK project, are contributeed as a service to customers seeking solutions to challenging material createment problems. A whitepaper of
the ESD PEKK project is on the market on the Stratasys website.

ESD-PEKK-White-PaperAs a custom material, ESD PEKK is not on the market through traditional Stratasys sales channels and can just be procured through Stratasys Advanced Materials. ESD PEKK is already on the market via custom order for Fortus 3D Production Systems by contacting AdvancedMaterials@Stratasys.com.

To explore your own custom material createment program to meet your one-of-a-kind 3D printing challenges, contact AdvancedMaterials@Stratasys.com.

Click here to read the white paper on ESD PEKK and its capabilities.

Note When it comes to Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this blog post relating to Stratasys’ beliefs regarding the benefits consumers can experience of the ESD PEKK 3D printing material and Stratasys’ expectation on the material’s availcapacity are forward-looking statements reflecting management’s current expectations and beliefs. These forward-looking statements are based on current information which
is, by its nature, subject to rapid and actually abrupt transform. Due to risks and uncertainties synonymous with Stratasys’ business, actual outcomes may differ materially of those projected or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the risk which
consumers can not perceive the benefits of the ESD PEKK 3D printing material to be the same as Stratasys does; the risk which
unforeseen technical difficulties can delay the availcapacity of the ESD PEKK 3D printing material; and other risk facts set forth under the caption “Risk Factors” in Stratasys’ many new Annual Report on Form 20-F, filed with the Securities and Extransform Commission (SEC) on March 3, 2015. Stratasys is under no obligation (and expressly disclaims any obligation) to update or transform its forward-looking statements, whether as a outcome of new information, next actuallyts or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the rules and regulations of the SEC.

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