Know Your Materials: Antero 800NA

   By TriMech Marketing on November 1, 2018

Antero 800NA is a PEKK-based FDM thermoplastic. It combines FDM’s design freedom and ease of use with the excellent strength, toughness and wear-resistant properties of PEKK material. Appropriate applications include aircraft components exposed to jet fuel, oil and hydraulic fluid, spacecraft parts that demand low outgassing and chemical-resistant industrial parts.

>>Learn more about Antero 800NA’s chemical resistance


Using Antero 800NA with FDM technology avoids the waste and design limitations associated with subtractive manufacturing of high-cost bulk PEKK material.

Printing Technology: FDM

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) Technology uses production-grade thermoplastics to create parts that are designed to be accurate, easily replicated, and stable over time. The FDM process allows for 3D printing with the most commonly used thermoplastics, such as ABS, polycarbonate, a variety of blends, as well as engineered thermoplastics for aerospace, medical, automotive, electronic and other specialty applications.

When printing on an FDM machine you tend to get stronger parts since you are working with thermal plastics. If you plan on testing your parts in a strenuous process, FDM may be the better choice. These materials specialize in high tensile strength and resistance to high temperatures. 

Helpful information about Antero 800NA

  • Part Design: Unique to Antero­ 800NA and other high-performance FDM materials, is the breakaway support system used to support the model material in areas of overhang to prevent sagging. Although Antero 800NA Support is one of the easiest supports to be removed by hand, the designer should take this into account while designing the part. 
  • Processing: Support removal is to be taken into consideration in the processing stage.  In areas where support cannot be eliminated by part design, the part must be orientated such that the support is accessible for removal. 
  • Annealing:  The purpose of annealing is to use heat to alter the crystalline microstructure of the material in order to augment properties such as strength, hardness, and ductility. In some materials, it is also used to remove stress in a material by relaxing the internal bond stresses. See the Antero 800NA and Antero 800NA Annealed data sheets for unannealed vs. annealed material properties.

Learn more about Antero 800NA

This article is just an introduction to this material. For additional details and specifics about all that it can do, take a look at related content:

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