Stratasys, BASF Partner to Deliver Polypropylene Material

for Stratasys SAF Technology

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN and REHOVOT, Israel, June 21, 2024 – Stratasys Ltd. announced the commercial availability of its groundbreaking new material, SAF Polypropylene (PP)for use on the Stratasys H350 printer, set to launch in fourth quarter of 2024.

Flexible automotive component produced with SAF PP on the Stratasys H350, ideal for tight and chemical resistance applications. (Photo: Business Wire)

Stratasys SAF PP, offered in partnership with BASF Forward AM, is designed to provide greater cost efficiency and superior part quality in Powder Bed Fusion technologies. This innovative material offers a lower cost per part and exceptional surface aesthetics as compared to existing materials and is designed to meet the rigorous demands of high-volume production while maintaining exceptional overall quality.

“With superior nesting ability and a total turnaround time of less than 36 hours, SAF PP allows customers to produce hundreds of parts in a single build,” said Neil Hopkinson, vice president, additive manufacturing technology, Stratasys. “This boosts productivity and cost efficiency, delivering high-quality parts at a lower cost.”

Automotive speaker grill printed with SAF PP on a Stratasys H350 printer, and finished with the VaporFuse Surfacing process using the Powerfuse S PP machine from DyeMansion. (Photo: Business Wire)

SAF PP is engineered for a wide range of applications, catering to diverse industries such as automotive, medical, consumer sports, and industrial sectors. SAF PP provides durability, chemical resistance, and flexibility for automotive components like housings and ducting, as well as orthotic devices and consumer sports gear like shin guards. Its lightweight nature, and water and air tightness, make it an ideal choice for producing intricate, high-quality parts across various applications.

The new material has also demonstrated the capability to produce robust, defect-free parts with complex geometries, such as flexible tight pipes and intricate sensor mounts.

“The surface finish of SAF PP parts is unparalleled,” said Philipp Götz, CEO, Götz Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, a beta customer of this material. “The fine detail resolution and uniform appearance are far superior to any other PBF printed PP we have seen, significantly enhancing the visual appeal of our final products.”

“The consistent quality of SAF PP is exceptional,” said Jennifer Govea, application engineer, Sun Digital. “It’s airtight and watertight properties ensure reliable performance across various applications. With SAF PP, we can now bring a wide array of additive manufacturing benefits to unlimited applications that use PP today in traditional manufacturing.”

“We are pleased to collaborate with Stratasys on the development of this new polypropylene material, optimized for their SAF 3D printing technology,” added Martin Back, CEO, BASF Forward AM. “This partnership underscores our commitment to providing robust AM solutions tailored to the needs of industrial manufacturers. Together, we aim to broaden the adoption of AM technologies to make our customers more successful.”

About Stratasys

Stratasys is leading the global shift to additive manufacturing with innovative 3D printing solutions for industries such as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and healthcare. Through smart and connected 3D printers, polymer materials, a software ecosystem, and parts on demand, Stratasys solutions deliver competitive advantages at every stage in the product value chain. The world’s leading organizations turn to Stratasys to transform product design, bring agility to manufacturing and supply chains, and improve patient care.

To learn more about Stratasys, visit www.stratasys.com.

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