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19th September 2018, Geleen

DSM’s carbon fibre filament for 3D printing

Royal DSM, a leading science-based company, has announced its new carbon fibre filled grade PA6/66 filament Novamid ID1030 CF10 for 3D printing. Despite the low carbon fibre loading of 10% – much lower than other carbon filled materials – it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to what is usually achievable only by injection moulding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics, according to the manufacturer.

“FFF technology is growing rapidly, for use in both prototyping and industrial applications,” said Hugo da Silva, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at DSM. “With high-performance materials like our new carbon fibre filament, manufacturers can take it into many more applications like functional prototyping as well as durable and structural industrial parts for harsh environments.”

Novamid ID1030 CF10 is designed for printing functional prototypes and industrial applications. © DSM

Novamid ID1030 CF10 3D is designed for printing structural parts which are stronger, stiffer and tougher with higher tensile strength and modulus, high dimensional stability and free of warpage.

According to the company, these mechanical properties and smooth appearance make it ideal for a very broad range of applications that require robust performance possibly at elevated temperatures such as automotive under-the-hood, protective and supporting sports gear; manufacturing jigs and fixtures; medical braces and prosthetics. It can also be a go-to-material for lightweight applications across various vertical markets.

The material can be printed on standard desktop fused filament fabrication (FFF) machines with a hardened nozzle. Tests have shown that users can run their printers at the same speeds as with unreinforced plastics, while achieving considerably better strength and toughness, the manufacturer reports. Novamid ID 1030 CF10 has been tested on several open FFF platforms, including on GermanRepRap and the new Ultimaker S5.

Novamid ID1030 CF10 is available in 1.75 and 2.85 mm, on environmentally friendly cardboard spools for easier recycling, at DSM AM distributors.

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