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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.

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SLS Fiber reinforced Materials

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

Description

Applications
SLS is used for both prototyping and small-batch production of functional plastic parts with good mechanical properties.
Strengths
No support material required, Excellent mechanical properties, Can produce complex geometries
Weaknesses
Higher cost than FDM, Longer lead times than FDM

Characteristics

Price

$ $ $ $ $

Lead time
< 5 days
Wall Thickness
0.7 mm
Tolerances
± 0.3% (min: ± 0.3 mm)
Max part size
75 x 55 x 55 cm
Layer height
100

Available materials

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.

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Glass filled Nylon

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

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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.

Description

Applications
FDM is the most widely available 3D printing process, mainly used for low-cost prototyping and design verification with very fast turn around times.
Strengths
Low-cost, Fast turnaround times
Weaknesses
Limited dimensional accuracy, Print layers are likely to be visible

Characteristics

Price

$ $ $ $ $

Lead time
< 2 days
Wall Thickness
0.8 mm
Tolerances
± 0.5% (min: ± 0.5 mm)
Max part size
100 x 100 x 100 cm
Layer height
100 - 300

Available materials

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.

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Carbon filled Nylon

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

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Kevlar-fiber reinforced Nylon

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

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Fiberglass reinforced Nylon

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

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