MATERIALS: Stratasys announced Dec. 3 at the EuroMold Show in Frankfurt, that it will offer SABIC’s ULTEM 9085, a high-performance thermoplastic for direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping. The material will be available from Stratasys for the FDM additive fabrication process in the first quarter of 2009.ULTEM 9085 is a strong, lightweight, flame-retardant thermoplastic widely used in aircraft interiors. The material has a V-Ø rating for flame, smoke and toxicity (FST). Its availability for the FDM additive fabrication process will allow direct digital manufacturing and rapid prototyping with this material for the first time.
Because ULTEM 9085 is certified for use on commercial aircrafts, manufacturers can bypass a lengthy certification process. The material will be available for Stratasys’ top two additive fabrication machines - the FDM 900mcTM and FDM 400mc.TM
Until today, ULTEM 9085 was available only for conventional manufacturing methods. The material was originally developed to help the aerospace industry boost fuel efficiency and safety. It offers strength and flexibility while producing 5 to 15 percent lighter interior parts than other aerospace plastics.
ULTEM 9085 is heat resistant up to 320F (160C) and is inherently flame-retardant, offering full FST compliance including OSU heat release of less than 55/55, or 55 kw min/m2 for heat release and 55 kw/m2 for peak heat release.
Besides the aerospace industry, Stratasys anticipates that the availability of ULTEM 9085 for FDM prototyping and production can benefit various industries, including the marine-product and automotive industries.
To receive a sample part, request a benchmark part, or for more details, visit the Stratasys website at ULTEM 9085 or call 1-800-480-3548.
- Edited by Liz Taurasi