Developments in the rapid prototyping / rapid manufacturing space continue to be swift as more OEMs, their plastics processing suppliers and mold manufacturers adopt additive manufacturing processes to augment their traditional means of production. According to Wohlers Report 2011, the leading report on the technology and its users, the compound annual growth rate of revenues produced by all AM products and services in 2010 was 24.1%.
Helping to stimulate that growth-and hoping to continue to benefit from it- is one of the additive manufacturing industry's key suppliers, Stratasys, with a new range of materials and machines.
The new material, ABS-ESD7, is a static dissipative grade of acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) that can be used to fabricate assembly aids that hold, handle, or carry electronic products. It could also be used to create electronic product enclosures and electronics packaging. Naturally it is designed to be processed on Stratasys Inc.'s 3D printers.