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Polymaker PolyLite ASA 3d printer filament

PolyLite™ is a family of 3D printing filaments made with the best raw materials to deliver exceptional quality and reliability. PolyLite™ covers the most popular 3D printing materials to meet your everyday needs in design and prototyping. PolyLite™ ASA is an alternative to ABS with an improved weather resistance. Its UV resistance and excellent mechanical properties make it the perfect choice for real life applications.


Features
 
  • UV Resistant - With excellent weather resistance (UV, water and heat) PolyLite™ ASA is the ideal choice for printing parts that must survive in the harsh outdoors. Most plastics tend to become brittle and their colour turns yellow when exposed to UV radiation or sunshine but with PolyLite™ ASA the appearance and mechanical properties of your 3D prints are not influenced negatively by UV light.
  • Water Resistant - PolyLite™ ASA is resistant to Environmental Stress Cracking (ESC). This allows printed parts to face the outdoors, high humidity and rain over long periods of time.
  • ABS Alternative - PolyLite™ ASA performs better in both thermal and mechanical properties compared with general ABS filaments. It also features a Vicat softening temperature of 105°C which slightly exceeds ABS.
  • Excellent Printing Quality - PolyLite™ ASA prints parts with a beautiful matte surface finish, suitable for printing production parts. Made with only the highest quality materials, PolyLite™ ASA delivers excellent printing quality and reliability.
  • Uncompromised Quality - With Polymaker's industry leading quality control process and rigorous in-house testing, you can rest assured that PolyLite™ ASA will produce beautiful, reliable and accurate printed parts.
 
To learn more about PolyLite™ ASA click the "Suggested Applications", "Specifications & FAQ" and "Polymaker / Quality" tabs.

Material Comparison

PolyLite ASA Filament

Compare PolyLite™ PLA, PETG, ABS, ASA and PC.

Please note other product ranges such as PolyMax™ PLA, PETG and PC have different properties compared to the PolyLite™ range.

  PolyLite™ PLA PolyLite™ PETG PolyLite™ ABS PolyLite™ ASA PolyLite™ PC
Material PLA PETG ABS ASA PC
Description High rigidity PLA High quality PETG Durable ABS UV & weather resistant ASA Strong PC
Nozzle Temperature Range 190°C - 230°C 230°C - 240°C 245°C - 265°C 240°C - 260°C 250°C - 270°C
Build Plate 25 - 60°C 70 - 80°C 90 - 100°C 75 - 95°C 90 - 105°C
Enclosure Helpful for large parts Recommended for large parts Recommended Recommended Highly recommended
Heated Chamber N/A N/A Recommended for large parts Recommended for large parts Recommended for large parts
Rigidity
(X-Y)
High Moderate Moderate Moderate Highest
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
46.6 MPa 31.9 MPa 33.3 MPa 43.8 MPa 62.7 MPa
Toughness
(X-Y)
Low Impact Strength Moderate Impact Strength High Impact Strength High Impact Strength Low Impact Strength
Glass Transition Temperature 61°C 81°C 101.1°C 97.8°C 113.4°C
Special feature - High rigidity & strength.
- Easy-to-print, widest printer compatibility, best dimensional stability & lowest temperature requirements.
- Combines good printability, mechanical properties & heat resistance with better dimensional stability than ABS, ASA & PC.

- Balanced mechanical properties, durability & high heat resistance.
- Easy to sand, paint and glue.

- Resistant to UV, rain & environmental stress cracking.
- Balanced mechanical properties, durability & high heat resistance.
- Easy to sand, paint and glue.
- High rigidity, strength & heat resistance.
- Clear filament for applications which require good light diffusion.
Popular with General use Design & functional prototyping Design, functional prototyping & manufacturing Functional prototyping, Manufacturing, Mining, Automotive Manufacturing, Lighting, Jigs & fixtures

Data taken from Polymakers Technical Data Sheet and is intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing, data should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.

Applications

PolyLite ASA Filament

PolyLite™ ASA has quickly grown to become a popular and cost-effective engineering material for applications requiring high heat resistance, weather resistance or a good balance of strength, toughness and stiffness. Weather resistance can be broken down into 3 factors: UV resistance, water resistance and thermal stability of which ASA outperforms many other plastics. Compared to other materials PolyLite™ ASA is resistant to environmental stress cracking which allows printed parts to face the outdoors, high humidity and rain over long periods of time.

PolyLite™ ASA is sometimes used for decorative models but is often chosen for technical projects such as:

  • Functional prototypes.
  • Plastic 3D printer parts and upgrades.
  • Spare and replacement plastic parts.
  • Bespoke and custom automotive parts.
  • Manufacturing end-use products.
  • Plant pots, homewares and outdoor furnishings.
  • Signwriting logos and text.
  • Brackets and manufacturing aids.
  • Cases and housings for outdoors.
  • Assemblies which require gluing or painting.
  • Anemometers and research equipment.

Like ABS and other high temperature plastics, it's possible to print ASA without an enclosure but models will be printed with greater stress and a higher chance of warping as the size of your part increases. For most applications it is recommend to print with an enclosure and for large or dense printing projects a printer with a controlled heated chamber will be required.

Polymaker ASA 3D Printed Bridge
​Matt Tyson from 3D Printing Solutions visiting the worlds 3d printed pedestrian footbridge with representatives from Polymaker, Shanghai Construction Group and Coin Robotics.

R&D for PolyLite ASA began when Polymaker developed and produced the 3D printing material for the world largest 3D printed pedestrian footbridge project. Shanghai Construction Group. invited Polymaker  to join this project from the very beginning to help develop a custom ASA 3D printing material for the bridge. During the whole processes, through plenty of tests and experiments, Polymaker has mastered the properties, compounding formulas and production techniques of ASA. As a result, PolyLite™ ASA gains several advantages over other ASA filaments. Polymakers engineers have developed an ASA filament with exceptional interlayer adhesion. PolyLite™ ASA displays better layer-bonding performance than similar products.

Polymaker PolyLite ASA Filament

Printing Settings
Nozzle Temperature 240°C - 260°C
Build Plate Temperature 75°C - 95°C
Build Surface Material Works well with most build surfaces i.e Glass, BuildTak® etc
Rigid build plates recommended compared to magnetic flex plates.
Build Surface Treatment Apply Magigoo Original or PVA glue to the build surface to improve adhesion.
Cooling Fan LOW for better surface quality
OFF for better strength
Printing Speed 30 mm/s - 50 mm/s
Recommended Support Material

Self-support.

Based on 0.4 mm nozzle. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters.

For other tips printing PolyLite™ ASA contact us!


Specification
Net Weight 1kg
Material Type ASA
Density 1.1 (g/cm3 at 21.5˚C) 
Colour

Hex Code: #888B8D


Compatibility

PolyLite™ ASA has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of professional 3D printers. This material requires a heated bed and we recommend printing with an enclosure or heated chamber for sizeable or thin models. 

Of course with thousands of unique 3d printer models on the market, we can't guarantee each filament type will work with every 3D printer.


Technical Data

All testing specimens were printed under the following conditions: Nozzle Temperature = 260˚C, build plate temperature = 90˚C, infil = 100%, cooling fan = OFF
All specimens were conditioned at room temperature for 24h prior to testing.

THERMAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Glass Transition 97.8°C DSC, 10°C/min
Heat Deflection Temperature

0.45MPa - 102.6°C
1.8 MPa - 100.2 °C

HDT Curve

ISO 75
Vicat Softening Temperature 105.3°C ISO 306, GB/T 1633

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Youngs Modulus
(X-Y)
2379 ± 157 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
43.8 ± 0.8 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Bending Strength
(X-Y)
73.4 ± 2.1 MPa ISO 178, GB/T 9341
Charpy Impact Strength
(X-Y)
10.3 ± 0.4 kJ/m2 ISO 179, GB/T 9343

We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyLite™ ASA and all other Polymaker products. Contact us to enquire!

The typical values presented in Polymakers data sheet are intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing they should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.


STORAGE & DRYING

Before packaging, PolyLite™ ASA is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyLite™ ASA should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.

Like other ABS filaments, PolyLite™ ASA is susceptible to absorbing moisture from the air which can subsequently effect the quality and mechanical properties of the final prints. We recommend storing PolyLite™ ASA in the PolyBox™ or a dry cabinet during printing to prevent moisture absorption which will lower the quality of the print. The PolyBox™ keeps the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less). 

If you hear popping sounds and notice that the surface quality of your print is uneven or the color is not consistent, this is a likely indicator that the filament has absorbed too much moisture. Spools of PolyLite™ ASA can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 80˚C for up to 8 hours. Results may vary depending on the accuracy of your oven so please be conservative. For more information about filament drying please read our user guide.


FAQ

Q: How does PolyLite™ ASA compare to ABS?
A: Like Polymaker's other products, PolyLite™ ASA is engineered specifically with 3D printing in mind. When compared to ABS, PolyLite™ ASA offers superior performance in almost all mechanical tests (tensile strength, impact resistance). Through their experience developing a series of ASA plastics for one of the worlds largest construction companies; Shanghai Construction Group, Polymaker has mastered the properties, compounding formulas and production techniques of ASA. As a result, PolyLite™ ASA gains several advantages over other ASA filaments:

Q: Can ASA be printed at large scales without warping?
A: A stable high temperature environment is required to print larger ASA parts without warping. Whether a part is susceptible to warping will vary on how the residual stress releases within the parts geometry. Most users print ASA with the heated bed set to 100˚C with an enclosure to passively heat the surrounding environment. This effectively reduces the internal stresses cause warping or cracking. To guarantee that ASA can be printed at any size without warping, 3D printing with a professionally designed heated chamber is required.

Don't know where to start? Or which filament will suit your application? We have a broad range of support options including telephone support. Contact us today!

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Polymaker is an international team passionate about 3D printing. They produce the very best 3D printing materials by controlling every stage of production. With a diverse portfolio of materials ranging from high performance plastics to unique aesthetic solutions, Polymaker will continue to add cutting edge materials to its ever-growing portfolio.

At the core of Polymaker is their research & development laboratory, this is where all Polymakers materials are formulated and fine-tuned from the ground up to create the best in class 3D printing materials. Their precision testing equipment combines the latest advancements in technology to ensure they are ahead of the game.

PolyLite™ ASA like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous quality control processes ensure industrial standards of reliability for a consistent customer experience.

Tolerance - Polymakers custom developed extrusion, control and monitoring solutions to ensure filament tolerance and roundness meet Polymakers strict quality standards.
Reliable Mechanical, Colouring & Printing Properties - Every batch of filament products are tested to ensure all quality specs (melt flow, softening point, mechanical, diameter, round-ness) are met.
Drying & Vacuum Sealing - Before packaging, all Polymaker filaments are dried to a moisture level of < 0.1% to ensure the best printing quality and are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. All vacuum packaged products are left for 24 hours before boxing to ensure they are leak-free.

Polymaker Cardboard Spool

Polymaker are in the process of phasing in their new sustainable packaging while using up their plastic spools to save resources and avoid waste. We cannot guarantee which packaging you will receive during the transition stage but what we can guarantee is that you will receive the same high-quality filament that you expect from Polymaker.

PolyLite™ ASA is wound on Polymakers 1kg carton spools, manufactured from recycled cardboard. The cutaway and weight gauge on the side of the spool make it easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project. PolyLite™ ASA's recycled cardboard packaging and carton spool are the first step taken towards creating more eco-sustainable products. The spool is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other ASA filaments, PolyLite™ ASA is hygroscopic so we recommend keeping this bag for filament storage.

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