DSM Develops Carbon Fibre Filament for 3D Printing

25 September 2018

DSM Develops Carbon Fibre Filament for 3D Printing

DSM is introducing Novamid ID1030 CF10, a carbon fibre filled PA 6/66 filament for 3D printing.

The company reports that despite a carbon fibre loading of 10% (much lower than other carbon filled materials), it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to that achievable using injection moulding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics.

“FFF technology is growing rapidly, for use in both prototyping and industrial applications,” says Hugo da Silva, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “With high-performance materials like our new carbon fibre filament, manufacturers can take it into many more applications like functional prototyping as well as durable and structural industrial parts for harsh environments.”

Filled with only 10% of actual carbon fibre, Novamid ID1030 CF10 3D is designed for printing structural parts which are stronger, stiffer and tougher with higher tensile strength and modulus, high dimensional stability and free of warpage. These mechanical properties and a smooth appearance make it suitable for applications that require robust performance possibly at elevated temperatures, such as automotive under-the-hood parts, protective and supporting sports gear, manufacturing jigs and fixtures, medical braces and prosthetics.

The material can be printed on standard desktop fused filament fabrication (FFF) machines with a hardened nozzle. According to DSM, tests have shown that users can run their printers at the same speeds as with unreinforced plastics, while achieving considerably better strength and toughness.

Novamid ID 1030 CF10 has been tested on several open FFF platforms, including GermanRepRap and the new Ultimaker S5. It is available in 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm sizes, on cardboard spools for easier recycling, at DSM AM distributors including FormFutura, MCPP and Nexeo3DSolutions.

Photo provided by DSM AM

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