1. 3D printing
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  3. Fiber reinforced

Fiber reinforced
3D printing

Fiber reinforced materials are filled with continuous fibers or fiber particles that result in parts with improved physical properties and high stiffness.

FDM Fiber reinforced Materials

FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.

Benefits and Limitations

Low-cost
Fast turnaround times

Limited dimensional accuracy
Print layers are likely to be visible

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Turnaround time < 2 days Wall thickness 0.8 mm
Max part size 100 x 100 x 100 cm Layer height 50 - 400 μm

Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon

Carbon-fibre reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous carbon fibers that give extremely high stiffness and strength-to-weight ratio comparable to metal.

Material family

Carbon filled Nylon

Carbon filled Nylon (FDM) has excellent stiffness and good temperature resistance. Ranks between standard Nylon and continuous Carbon-fiber reinforced Nylon.

Material family

Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon

Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous kevlar fibers that give excellent mechanical properties and high abrasion and impact resistance.

Material family

Fiberglass reinforced Nylon

Fiberglass reinforced Nylon (FDM) contains continuous glass fibers that give high stiffness and excellent heat resistance. Ideal for high temperature applications.

Material family

SLS Fiber reinforced Materials

SLS is used for both prototyping and small-batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.

Benefits and Limitations

No support material required
Excellent mechanical properties
Can produce complex geometries

Higher cost than FDM
Longer lead times than FDM

Characteristics

Price $$$$$ Tolerance ± 0.3% (min: ± 0.3 mm)
Turnaround time < 5 days Wall thickness 0.7 mm
Max part size 75 x 55 x 55 cm Layer height 80 - 120 μm

Carbon filled Nylon

Carbon filled Nylon (SLS) contains carbon fiber or graphite particles that give parts high stiffness and improved thermal properties over standard Nylon.

Material family

Glass filled Nylon

Glass filled Nylon (SLS) contains glass particles that give parts high stiffness and improved thermal and abrasion resistance over standard Nylon.

Material family