This is the world’s first 3D Printer designed to print in continuous CARBON FIBRE. Want to print parts, tooling, and fixtures with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than 6061-T6 Aluminium? With a special blend of thermoplastics which hardens during the printing process? Carbon Fibre 3D Printing has hit the Australian market and 3D Prototyping are able to assist with your parts manufacturing.
Longer is STRONGER! Space shuttles, rockets and Formula 1 cars are constructed from continuous strand carbom. Plastic parts with small amounts of chopped carbon fill just do not cut it! 3D Prototyping offers carbon fibre 3D Printing direct from our workshops.
Other high end materials options are:
- Carbon Fibre – Highest strength to weight.
- Fiberglass – Highest strength to cost.
- Kevlar® – Abrasion resistance. (additional information to come)
- Nylon – Tough engineering plastic.
Carbon Fibre CFF™ Filament
Prints like plastic, but stiffer than aluminium. This patent pending composite is 20x stiffer than ABS, and is stronger than 6061-T6 aluminium by weight. Carbon Fibre CFF™ is perfect for fixtures, jigs, and parts that need the highest strength-to-weight ratio. Carbon Fibre:
- Best strength-to-weight
- Stiffer than 6061 Al
Fiberglass CFF™ Filament
Fibreglass filament is the perfect alternative when the strength of Carbon Fibre Filament is needed, but the stiffness and weight are less critical. This patent pending Fibreglass CFF filament uses the same Continuous Filament Fabrication process for impressive strength, but at a much lower cost. Fibreglass:
- Best strength-to-cost
- Electrically Insulating
Kevlar® CFF™ Filament
Kevlar filament is a tough and hard like material five times as strong as steel! Kevlar has many applications, ranging from bicycle tyres, racing sails to body armour because of its high tensile strength-to-weight ratio; It is also used to make modern drumheads that withstand high impact and even underwater applications. Kevlar:
- high tensile strength-to-weight ratio;
- 5 times stronger than steel, temperate resistance
Nylon FFF Filament
Fantastically flexible, but tough as nails. This nylon filament has great fatigue and impact resistance. Nylon is also a great outer protective layer to keep your fixtures and tooling from scratching sensitive parts. It’s also a great choice for tabs, clips, and mechanical fasteners. Nylon:
- Tough engineering plastic
Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
320mm x 132mm x 160mm (12.6″ x 5.2″ x 6.3″, 412ci)
Carbon Fibre, Fibreglass, Kevlar®, Nylon
Highest Layer Resolution:
FFF Printing: 100 Microns
Anatomy of a Composite Filament Fabrication™ Part
3D Prototyping can help accelerate your design cycle. Printed parts add incredible strength to traditional FFF parts by reinforcing them with embedded continuous strand composites using the Composite Filament Fabrication™ (CFF™) process. This example shows a 3D printed functional prototype “foot” for an Aeromotions wing that is capable of producing 860 lb. of downforce at 200mph. Our unique software will allow added reinforcement where you need it, creating a robust, fibre reinforced part.
1. Nylon base + 3 carbon fibre layers
The nylon base provides a tough, non-abrasive outer shell. Next, three layers of carbon fibre are added to provide strength. In this example, we’re using 3 x 200 micron layers of carbon fibre on the top and bottom for a total of 6 layers.
2. Nylon honeycomb structure
The software automatically generates the honeycomb core between the composite layers. This sandwich panel construction enables great efficiency in part weight and cost.
3. Final Carbon Fibre CFF + nylon case
The top layers of carbon fibre reinforcement are printed, capped off with a few layers of nylon – no post curing or vacuum bagging required.