Stratasys introduces a new PEKK-based thermoplastic for Additive Manufacturing

Stratasys, a global leader in applied additive technology solutions for industries including Aerospace, Automotive, Healthcare, Consumer Products and Education, introduced Antero 800NA, a new PEKK-based high-performance thermoplastic for its FDM process to produce lighter-weight parts, reduced inventories, and improved profitability.

Antero 800NA (PEKK) bracket is used to mount hydraulic components in an aircraft wing to replace a machined PEEK part, eliminating the material waste of the subtractive process. Antero 800NA is superior in comparison to other high-performance thermoplastics due to its superior chemical, ultra-low outgassing, high-temperature resistance and exceptional wear properties. Aerospace and other high-performance vehicle makers will be very interested to use Antero 800NA in their additive manufacturing process.

Antero 800NA is preferred for components exposed to hydrocarbons, such as fuels and lubricants, as well as many acids due to its chemical resistance property. It has good application in confined spaces and sensitive environments, such as satellites, where materials may not outgas under vacuum. Antero 800NA  is also used for applications under the hood or in engine compartments due to its characteristic to withstand high temperature.

Use of Antero 800NA is economical in custom or low-volume additive manufacturing due to faster workflow, lighter-weight parts, optimized topology and significantly reduced waste.

Manufacturers can produce PEKK parts on-demand and eliminate inventory that might sit on a shelf for years before being needed. Further, productivity is increased with the reduction in inventory costs means increased profitability.

High-end industrial manufacturing units, oil-and-gas industry are additional applications besides space, aerospace and automotive.

Antero 800NA parts produced with the FDM process are more durable and dimensionally stable in building large parts. They are also cost-effective to produce, even in low quantities.

Antero 800NA is the first commercial product in PEKK-based materials.

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