Comparing Antero 800NA and Ultem 1010

By Andrew Sink on

When it comes to selecting a high-strength material, Stratasys offers many different materials to choose from depending on your specific requirements. One of the strongest available materials is ULTEM 1010, a high-performance industrial-grade thermoplastic noted for its high strength, stiffness, and broad chemical resistance. With the recent addition of the Antero 800NA material, you may be wondering which material is right for your specific application. In this post we’re going to discuss some of the key differences between ULTEM 1010 and Antero 800NA and take a closer look at this new material.

What is Antero 800NA?


Antero 800NA is a PEKK-based FDM thermoplastic, which is a classified as a High Performance material notable for being highly chemically resistant, highly heat resistant, and possessing ultra-low outgassing properties. These properties all add up to make Antero 800NA a material well-suited for many aircraft and space applications, as well as any application where chemical and heat resistance is a factor. Antero 800NA is currently available on the Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D printer.

Antero 800NA is a material that is well-suited for applications requiring high tensile strength as well. With a rating of 93.1 +/- 0.4 MPa as per the ASTM D638 Tensile Strength Ultimate test (XZ Orientation), Antero 800NA ranks higher than ULTEM 1010 which has a rating of 81 MPa in the same test. To put these figures in perspective, the Standard Grade material ABS-M30 has a rating of 32 MPa in the same test, just over one third the rating of the Antero 800NA!


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Key Differences between Antero800NA and ULTEM 1010

When considering a material for usage in an aerospace application, one of the considerations is material outgassing. Antero800NA is an ultra-low outgassing material, making it ideal for use in aerospace applications. Antero800NA has also been tested for chemical resistance, giving it additional protection when integrated into assemblies that could potentially come into contact with jet fuel, oil, and hydraulic fluid. For creating lightweight parts that require a high level of heat resistance, chemical resistance, and ultra-low outgassing, Antero800NA is the right material for the application. 

Image 1_Printing the Strongest 3D Parts with ULTEM 1010However, there are applications where you may find ULTEM 1010 could be a better fit. As per ASTM D648, the Heat Deflection (HDT) of ULTEM 1010 is 216°C/421°F at 66 psi. This is higher than the HDT of Antero800NA under the same conditions, which is 150°C/302°F. This higher HDT allows for a material that is less likely to deform under load in a high temperature environment. In addition, ULTEM 1010 is available in a certified grade (CG) for use in special applications including medical applications and food production tooling.

Antero800NA is available in natural resin color and uses SUP8000B breakaway support material. The design principles for Antero800NA are similar to standard FDM principles, where self-supporting angles are desired to reduce the amount of support material required to print the final part.

When selecting a High Performance material for your application, both ULTEM 1010 and Antero800NA have their own various strengths that you may want to want to investigate. If you have an application that requires high levels of chemical resistance, heat resistance, and ultra-low outgassing, consider using Antero800NA. If you have an application that requires a higher HDT or a certified grade material, ULTEM 1010 may be the material for you.

To learn more about 15 high-performance materials, download the High-Performance 3D Printing Material Guide below.