Stratasys announced a new grade of Ultem 1010 earlier this month and this material has been generating questions on where it fits into the line-up of materials versus the more established Ultem 9085 material. Ultem 1010 material can be used on the 400mc, 450mc and 900mc platforms and offers a higher temperature rating as well as an ability to be used in food applications and be autoclaved. Specifically, the Ultem 1010 certified grade is rated under both NSF and USP standards and is well suited to applications where the material needs to withstand high heat and moisture. Ultem 1010 is a Polyetherimide (PEI) Thermoplastic with the highest tensile strength, chemical resistance, and temperature resistance of any FDM material offered by Stratasys. IN addition to the enhanced properties and biocompatibility, the new breakaway support material is much easier to remove – improving the overall ease of use.
Ultem 1010 Certified Grade offers the Food Safety Certification NSF 51 Certified and the Bio-Compatibility Certification ISO 10993/USP Class VI Certified. Spec sheets can be downloaded by clicking this link: ULTEM 1010 Spec Sheet
Applications such as medical trays that hold instruments can use this material and the user will have the capability to do custom configurations so that instruments and kits maintain the orientation of the pieces contained in the trays and “everything in place” when going into a sterile environment. This use of the material for low volume production or custom trays means less cost and less tooling with a part yield in hours rather than weeks or months. This means the complex tray that may be needed for a specific instrument can be fabricated easily from CAD data, or tray and containers can be developed and printed as needed, eliminating the need for inventory. This E-inventory practice eliminates space and saves time and material since inventory stacking and handling can damage goods in storage.
Other applications for the Ultem 1010 include
Aerospace: Exterior components such as ducts, clips, semi-structural components (non-interior) that require the higher heat but don’t need the FST rating (use Ultem 9085 for interior parts)
Automotive: Parts that need the high heat resistance may be a good fit.
Food Production: custom shaping forms, baking sheets, decorating masks, cutting dies, cookie cutters, patterns, fixtures and more.
Medical: Surgical and cutting guides, custom instruments, light fixtures, tools, surgical guides, custom trays and more where autoclaving is needed.
Of special note in aerospace applications, the Ultem 9085 material is still the best choice for interior components in aerospace application due to the FST (flame, smoke, toxicity) certification. The notched IZOD rating is also different between the two materials, with the 9085 having a notched IZOD of 2.0 ft-lb/in (106 J/m) versus the Ultem 1010 rating of 0.8 ft-lb/in (41 J/m).
Each application and design has differences that make material selection a critical success point for your printing. The best course of action is to ask questions, compare notes, and consult with your 3D printing professional.