Print translucent parts in standard thermoplastic

Use FDM 3D printing technology to print translucent prototypes in various thermoplastic colours.

Overview

ABSi allows manufacturers to create concept models and functional prototypes that resemble a final product without the need for costly outsourcing. Expand the 3D printing experience beyond opaque parts with ABSi material that allows for light transmission. This material is especially useful in industries such as automotive, aerospace, and medical-device manufacturing.

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Material Performance

Its strength is superior to standard ABS, and the translucent nature of ABSi is beneficial for monitoring material flow and light transmission.

Material Properties Izod notch testing

IZOD IMPACT,
NOTCHED

107 J/m XZ axis

Material Properties Heat Deflection

Heat Deflection
Temperature

87°C

Material Properties Flexural Strength

Flexural
Strength

62 MPa XZ axis

Material Properties Tensile Strength

Tensile
Strength

37 MPa XZ axis

Material Highlights

Characteristics

  • Translucent
  • Strong and durable
  • Impact-resistant
  • Dimensionally stable

Options

  • Available in mutual, red and amber colours
  • Can be smoothed for improved transparency

Uses

  • Automotive design, especially lights and gauges
  • Medical device prototypes that require fluid monitoring
  • Other parts and prototypes that require fluid monitoring or light transmission

Advantages

  • Accurate, reliable functional testing with translucent ABS plastic
  • Hands-free support removal

Performance Scale

Material Colours

          

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Technical Specifications

Mechanical Properties Test Method English  Metric 
Tensile Strength (Type 1, 0.125″, 0.2″/min) ASTM D638 5,400 psi 37 MPa
 Tensile Modulus (Type 1, 0.125″, 0.2″/min)  ASTM D638  277,700 psi 1,920 MPa
 Tensile Elongation (Type 1, 0.125″, 0.2″/min) ASTM D638 4.4% 4.4%
Flexural Strength (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 8,980 psi 62 MPa
Flexural Modulus (Method 1, 0.05”/min) ASTM D790 278,000 psi 1,920 MPa
IZOD Impact, notched (Method A, 23°C) ASTM D256 1.8 ft-lb/in 96.4 J/m
IZOD Impact, un-notched (Method A, 23°C) ASTM D256 3.6 ft-lb/in 191.1 J/m
Thermal Properties Test Method English Metric
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 66 psi, 0.125″ unannealed ASTM D648 188°F 86°C
Heat Deflection (HDT) @ 264 psi, 0.125″ unannealed ASTM D648 163°F 73°C
Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) DMA (SSYS) 240°F 116°C
Coefficient of Thermal Expansion ASTM D696 6.7×10-06 in/in/°F 12.1×10-05 mm/mm/°C
Melting Point NA NA
Electrical Properties Test Method Value Range
Volume Resistivity ASTM D257 1.5×109 – 6.1×1010 ohm-cm
Dielectric Constant ASTM D150-98 3.4 – 3.6
Dissipation Factor ASTM D150-98 0.12 – 0.15
Dielectric Strength ASTM D149-09, Method A 100 – 320 V/mil
Other Test Method Value
Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.08
Rockwell Hardness ASTM D785 R108
Flame Classification UL 94 HB (0.059″, 1.5mm)

Applications

System Compatibility

Frotus 450mc 3D Printer

Fortus 450mc