Jump to content
Ultimaker Community of 3D Printing Experts
OOC

Carbon Fiber

Recommended Posts

Hello all,

 

I ordered my first UM3X and it arrives on wed. I also, order with it, the nozzle to print carbon fiber and carbon fiber filament.

 

I was talking to and engineer at my work and we were talking about 3D printing and I expressed that i was excited to be able to print carbon fiber.

 

He basically turned to me and said that this printer can not print carbon fiber and that I would need a 100k printer in order tor print carbon fiber. Is he correct? 

 

If he is, this will suck because I spent the extra money for the nozzle and filament in order to be able to print carbon fiber. Did I just waste money?

 

Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ummm, no...that is not correct.

 

There are many forms of Carbon Fibre printing. But you can purchase CF filament quite readily. I even have some I will get around to printing one day.

 

If you could not, there would be no market for such nozzles and filament. :)

 

Methinks yer engineer has a bit of a blind spot.

 

And, by the way, there are other printers that print in continuous carbon fibre, kevlar and other fun things that are not much more expensive than the UM3. The build areas are small, but they are affordable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok Phew....

 

The way he was talking was that I wouldn’t be able to print carbon fiber parts at all. Thank you for clearing that up. 

I was going to be bummed if he was right because I was super excited to print some carbon fiber car parts.

 

Thanks

Edited by OOC

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It just occurred to me that you should research the carbon fibre filaments out there. It would depend on what type of part you need to make and stresses/temps it needs to take. There are people here who are making car parts and such. I am not sure what they are using.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok I will look into this thank you.

 

Another thing came to mind.... What about 3D scanners. Are they worth it? Is there a good one out there that wont break the pocket book?

 

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If your budget is under 1,000 eu/gbp/usd then check carefully, very. About 18 months back, so things will have moved on, I was looking for something for us to win a contract, I could find nothing that did not present us with issues and in the end gave up - of course it depends on what you want to use it for. I did look at one which seemed to do the business but that was 20,000+ gbp :'(

Edited by yellowshark

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ive been looking at them and from what i have seen, even the really expensive ones can only do small objects. Which isn’t really worth it to me to pay all of this money to only scan small objects.

 

Do they make ones for scanning bigger objects like a car rim or a engine?

 

Thanks

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Our picks

    • Introducing Ultimaker Cura 3.6 | Beta
      Ultimaker Cura 3.6 | Beta is available. It comes with new features, bug fixes, and UX improvements. We would really like to have your feedback on it to make our stable release as good as it can be. As always, you can download the beta for free from our website, for Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
        • Like
      • 94 replies
    • Print Core CC | Red for Ruby
      Q: For some users, abrasive materials may be a new subject matter. Can you explain what it is that makes a material abrasive when you are not sure which print core to use?
      A: Materials which are hard in a solid piece (like metals, ceramics and carbon fibers) will generally also wear down the nozzle. In general one should assume...
        • Like
      • 30 replies
    • "Back To The Future" using Generative Design & Investment Casting
      Designing for light-weight parts is becoming more important, and I’m a firm believer in the need to produce lighter weight, less over-engineered parts for the future. This is for sustainability reasons because we need to be using less raw materials and, in things like transportation, it impacts the energy usage of the product during it’s service life.
        • Like
      • 12 replies
×

Important Information

Welcome to the Ultimaker Community of 3D printing experts. Visit the following links to read more about our Terms of Use or our Privacy Policy. Thank you!