CarbonX PA6+CF [Gen3]
Gen 3 CarbonX™ PA6+CF filament is formulated using a PA6 copolymer reinforced with high-modulus carbon fiber. This filament is ideal for anyone that desires a structural component with high modulus, improved chemical and thermal resistance, excellent surface quality, and ease of printing. Gen3 has higher HDT than previous grades (147°C at .45MPa) allowing for expanded use in higher-temp applications.
Unparalleled rigidity gives designers the properties they need to make their 3D printed parts with less material and save weight without sacrificing stiffness.
Carbon Fiber Reinforced Filament
What Is It?
Fibers5-10 micrometers wide made of carbon. The fibers are aligned following the axis of the material This, along with their physical makeup, are what gives this material its excellent properties.
What Does It Do?
Carbon fibers demonstrate a lot of desirable material properties:
- High stiffness
- High tensile strength
- High heat tolerance
- High chemical resistance
- Low weight
- Low thermal expansion
How Does It Work?
Reinforcing plastic with carbon fibers produces a 3D printing filament which exhibits the best properties of both the carbon fibers and the plastic of choice.
What Is It Good For?
Ideal for any applications which require light weight and rigidity. Carbon fiber reinforced parts, designed to use less material and save weight, is extremely popular in aerospace, civil engineering, the military, and motorsports.
- Excellent printability
- High tensile strength and rigidity
- Abrasion and wear resistance
- Improved chemical resistance over traditional 3D printing materials
- High thermal properties
- 1.75mm +/- 0.05mm in diameter
- 500g weight
- Extruder: 240 - 270°C
- Bed Temperature: 80 - 110°C
- Nozzle: We currently recommend a hardened steel nozzle with a minimum diameter of 0.4mm
- Bed Prep: Dimafix 3D Printing Adhesive Pen
- Other: Ideal layer height is 60% of nozzle diameter. We do not recommend printing layers smaller than 0.2mm with carbon fiber reinforced filaments
- Heated Chamber: Not required, but a heated chamber between 30 - 80°C allows for superior layer bonding and mechanical properties
- Supports: AquaTek™ water soluble X1 USM Universal Support Material works for complex parts.
- Drying Instructions: 90°C for 4 hours
This material is particularly abrasive among 3D printing filaments. Users may find standard brass nozzles are chewed through very quickly compared to standard wear and tear. When worn through, the nozzle diameter will widen inconsistently and the printer will experience extrusion issues. Because of this it's strongly recommended this material be printed through a hardened steel nozzle rather than a softer material. Hardened steel nozzles can often be inexpensive and easily installed depending on your printer manufacturer's instructions.