Zortrax Materials Functionality
Z-ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) is a versatile material characterized by medium impact strength and durability. Thanks to its features this thermoplastic polymer has a wide range of applications. Users can choose from a broad selection of colors. It is perfect for printing small elements, concept models and prototypes. Its properties make the material suitable for post-processing, the surface of Z-ABS models can be easily smoothed out with acetone as it is shown in the acetone vaporizing article
Z-ABS was used to print Rubik’s Cube as this type of material is available in many colors and perfect for creating models for displays. Choosing Z-ABS to print this model provides the model is colorful, resistant and good-looking.
Z-ULTRAT is the most durable material recommended especially for printing large models, even lifelike ones and those that are assembled from many elements. Can be used for iterative testing and producing end-use parts. Suitable for various methods of post-processing like sanding, polishing, vaporizing and more.
A perfect example of a model that was printed from Z-ULTRAT is the Mighty Cube – a square-shaped object that was printed without using support. The print was very complex and consisted of many thin elements which could possibly result in higher brittleness and being prone to deformations. Thanks to the use of Z-ULTRAT the lines were strong enough to hold the whole construction, so the print was defect-free and kept its initial shape.
Z-GLASS is a thermoplastic copolyester glass fiber blend which provides high tensile strength, abrasion and resistance to high temperatures, the material doesn’t react with substances like acids, alkalis and salts. The innovative formula of material allows printing semitransparent and glass-like elements. It is durable and has very low level of shrinkage which makes it perfect for printing mechanical parts like pulleys, screws and nuts. Printing from Z-GLASS requires the use of Hotend V2 in Zortrax M200 3D Printer.
This material was used to print a screwdriver which is a small and precise element. Z-GLASS properties allowed to create an object which is translucent and the light inside the object is visible through the surface.
Z-HIPS (high impact polystyrene) is a durable, impact-resistant material. Thanks to its very low shrinkage level it is suitable for large sized prints and objects that consist of many elements, especially electronics and industrial machine covers, provided they don’t require UV resistance. Perfect for gluing, sanding, spackling and sandblasting.
One of the examples where Z-HIPS properties were used to obtain such good results was a stool. This model consists of many parts which were easily assembled, yet resistant making the stool perfect for everyday use. Creating this life-size item was possible due to the low level of shrinkage together with high tensile strength as these properties provide durability of the object.