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Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics?

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Has anyone here tried printing with carbon fiber reinforced plastics or nylons with an Ultimaker? I've read they're supposed to be significantly stronger than standard plastics and nylons and would like to give them a try. I'm relatively new to this though and I don't want to mess up my printer or waste a bunch of time/money on something that isn't going to work well.

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Yes I have printed with them a lot.

They are not the most easy to print with but the end result is very nice.

As to strength, the are stiffer and more stable but not necessarily stronger and can actually be weaker.

You need to use a wear resistant nozzle like hardened steel.

I recommend that you read This topic as it has a lot of information that will be of help.

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The filament type of carbon fiber has very small strands in it. It DOES make the material stiffer, but also makes it have bad layer adhesion. So it's not necessarily tougher, but stiffer if you're looking for that type of property.

You may be thinking of the printer that can print a layer of nylon and then outline it with carbon fiber wire. This DOES apparently make it much stiffer and stronger than nylon itself, but requires a special printer called the markforged.

Here's a Carbon fiber knife handle I recently printed. It feels really nice and has a really unique finish.

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Yes I have printed with them a lot.

They are not the most easy to print with but the end result is very nice.

As to strength, the are stiffer and more stable but not necessarily stronger and can actually be weaker.

You need to use a wear resistant nozzle like hardened steel.

I recommend that you read This topic as it has a lot of information that will be of help.

 

Thanks, I appreciate the input!

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The filament type of carbon fiber has very small strands in it. It DOES make the material stiffer, but also makes it have bad layer adhesion. So it's not necessarily tougher, but stiffer if you're looking for that type of property.

You may be thinking of the printer that can print a layer of nylon and then outline it with carbon fiber wire. This DOES apparently make it much stiffer and stronger than nylon itself, but requires a special printer called the markforged.

Here's a Carbon fiber knife handle I recently printed. It feels really nice and has a really unique finish.

 

Wow, that print looks great.  Thanks for the input

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Yes I have printed with them a lot.

They are not the most easy to print with but the end result is very nice.

As to strength, the are stiffer and more stable but not necessarily stronger and can actually be weaker.

You need to use a wear resistant nozzle like hardened steel.

I recommend that you read This topic as it has a lot of information that will be of help.

 

Maybe stronger using a nylon/carbon mix though... I've just ordered some Nylforce Carbon Fiber. It's made by Fiber Force in Italy.

I certainly can't find any user information on it though... other than a bloke in Poland who seems to thinks its very difficult to print with...

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I would have to say that I'm pretty impressed with this strength/stress test though...

 

As soon as I have done a few prints I'll start a thread

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