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3D Printing Carbon Fiber 2022 Guide

In the ever evolving world of 3D printing the integration of carbon fiber material is becoming an attractive 3D solution to many application in wide varieties of markets. Carbon fiber 3D printing allows engineers to produce very strong and lightweight parts. The carbon fiber is usually mixed with another polymer, ranging from the popular PLA to PEEK, creating a very strong carbon fiber reinforced polymer. This winning combination yields a very strong and light parts that are attractive to a wide range of engineering applications. In some special cases, carbon fiber parts can replace traditionally made metal parts.

3d printing carbon fiber carbon

In general, there are two types of carbon fiber printing, continues and chopped carbon. In chopped carbon printing, the polymer and carbon particle strands are deposited while overlapped and mixed to form the final part, no real inter-connection exits between the carbon particles of the printable parts. In general, this method provides stronger part and maintain better dimensional geometric integrity. In continues fiber 3D Printer, however, a carbon spool is used in conjunction with a polymer to form interconnections between the various layers of the part. This method mimics the traditional manufacturing process of carbon fiber parts, producing a very strong and light structure. Further optimization is achieved by using customizable and ideal lattice carbon fiber structures, within the part, to re-enforce high loads areas achieving outstanding strength.

3D Printing Carbon Fiber can be further divided into five methods of implementation, Anisoprint leverages the type called Co-Extrusion with Towpreg. This method lays out the fiber strand and immediately follows it with the polymer, effectively achieving an interlaced bonded structure that is strong and lightweight.

It offers several advantages such as:

  • Creating a carbon fiber reinforced polymer as multilayered material, in a single pass.
  • Reduction in the steps to achieve final part.
  • Wise distribution of carbon fiber lattice can reinforce the parts just where needed, optimizing effectiveness of parts and reducing waste.
  • Lower printer power consumption per part produced.

Carbon fiber reinforced polymer

As in any design, the engineer must assure all materials are compatible to each other and create an effective bond. Failure to establish a strong bond can compromise the pat structural integrity.

Continuous fiber 3d printing 3d printing carbon fiber

Ballistic-Bit is an official distributor of ANISOPRINT who specializes in continuous carbon fiber 3D printers. Ballistic-Bit is a leading provider of industrial line 3D printers and additive manufacturing solutions. We offers a full line of 3D additive manufacturing workflow software made to fit any business. At Ballistic-Bit, we are not just committed 24/7 to the quality of our product but the entire production chain of our clients.

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