3D printer for carbon-filled nylon

3D printer for carbon-filled nylon

August 29, 2018



Minneapolis, Minnesota & Rehovot, Israel – Stratasys is now shipping an additive manufacturing (AM) system dedicated for carbon-fiber-filled Nylon 12.

Additive applications for Fortus 380mc Carbon Fiber Edition (CFE) may include:

  • Functional prototyping of composite or metal parts
  • Short production runs in a high-strength material
  • Producing lightweight assembly tools for better ergonomics and reduced worker fatigue
  • Replacing metal parts with high strength, lightweight composite ones

Stratasys expects the quickest adopters of its Fortus 380mc CFE 3D printer to be those making tooling and fixtures and those in industries that include:

  • Automotive
  • Medical equipment
  • Orthosis and prosthesis
  • Aerospace
  • Defense
  • Recreational sporting equipment
  • Marine
  • Oil & gas

Similar to a typical injection molded carbon fiber reinforced plastic part, Stratasys Nylon 12CF is 35% chopped carbon fiber by weight, and it exhibits the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any FDM or FFF 3D printed part.

The Fortus 380mc CFE is based on a proven platform that produces parts with repeatable dimensional accuracy. Parts don’t exhibit appreciable warpage or shrinkage and will hold to a tight tolerance. Stratasys Nylon 12CF is up to 4x stronger than a competitively priced alternative in the X and Y axis, and it will maintain its mechanical properties at a 40% higher temperature. The Fortus 380mc CFE is between two and five times faster than the competitively priced carbon-fiber-based 3D printer.

The Fortus 380mc CFE builds parts in 0.010" (0.254mm) layer thickness. The system is also compatible with ASA thermoplastic, for which is can build in either 0.010" or 0.005" (0.127mm) layer thicknesses. The 3D printer’s build chamber measures 14" x 12" x 12" (355mm x 305mm x 305mm). It offers water-soluble support material removal, which eliminates the need for manual labor to remove the supports. This in turn allows the creation of fine and intricate geometries, which wouldn’t be possible without the soluble support material, because the fine features could be destroyed during cleaning, or intricate geometries might be too laborious or impossible to remove the support material.