MakerBot Precision ASA
MakerBot Precision ASA is a weather-resistant alternative to ABS used widely for functional prototypes and end-use parts in demanding outdoor environments
[Available November 2019]:
ASA will enable users to manufacture outdoor applications which require properties to withstand harsh environments. Industries such as in the automotive, power and utilities, agriculture, oil & gas, and mass transit will benefit from use of this material
ASA has high water-resistant properties, and the material is suitable for end-use parts such as outdoor electrical box covers, gardening equipment and automotive side view mirror housings.
ASA shares similar mechanical properties with ABS but has better resistance to heat and chemicals, while also maintaining gloss and colour when exposed to the UV and the elements.
Combining the material with the Stratasys SR-30 industrial support material, users will be able to take advantage of greater repeatability and produce more consistent parts with ± 0.2 mm dimensional accuracy
Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate (ASA), also called acrylic styrene acrylonitrile, is a thermoplastic developed as an alternative to acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), but with improved weather resistance, and is widely used in the automotive industry.
It is used for general prototyping in Additive Manufacture (3D Printing) where the UV resistance and mechanical properties of ASA make it an excellent material for use in fused deposition modelling printers.