Fiber-Reinforced

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Overview

Essentium stands as a leader in the realm of advanced composite materials, offering carbon fiber (CF) composite materials that are specifically optimized for 3D printing. These CF composites are expertly tailored in terms of carbon fiber length and aspect ratio, ensuring compatibility with 0.4mm nozzles. Additionally, Essentium's innovative MLF (Manufactured Layered Filament) technology is employed in the production of some of these filaments. These materials are designed to enhance strength, stiffness, and temperature resistance, effectively minimizing warping and providing a matte surface finish. It's important to note that these reinforced materials are more abrasive compared to their unfilled counterparts, making them suitable for more challenging applications.Essentium’s MLF technology is utilized on some of these filaments.

The CF composite materials that Essentium offers are optimized for 3DP with respect to carbon fiber length and aspect ratio to print on 0.4 nozzles as well.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strength up to 150 MPa​ 
  • Modulus up to 16 GPa​ 
  • Highly chemical resistant​ 
  • Good wear and creep resistance 

Comparison Chart

Comparison Chart

Essentium HTN-CF25 (high-temperature nylon) is a polyamide-based chemistry with a 25% carbon fiber reinforced core. HTN-CF25 is the highest strength and stiffness material in the Essentium portfolio. This material also boasts easy processing and excellent thermal resistance. This material is designed for tooling applications, high-strength/stiffness jigs and fixtures, and as a replacement for light-duty aluminum parts.

APPLICATIONS

  • Injection molds
  • Thermoforming
  • Blow molding
  • High-stiffness jigs and fixtures
  • High-strength and end-use parts
  • Replacement for light-duty aluminum parts

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Essentium PA-CF is a carbon fiber-infused polyamide filament specially formulated for additive manufacturing. Essentium PA-CF provides exceptional strength, durability, thermal stability, and stiffness that is customary of carbon fiber materials, and is readily printable with a wide processing window, providing a highly accessible engineering-grade solution or open platform and even open-air printers.

APPLICATIONS

  • Handheld fixtures
  • Automotive parts, brackets, covers
  • Jigs and fixtures that need increased strength and stiffness
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Essentium PP-CF is a 20% carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene filament made with Luvocom® 3F resin from Lehvoss. Polypropylene (PP) is a semicrystalline polymer commonly used in consumer goods and automotive parts when reinforced with a fiber filler. This material has excellent chemical resistance and low surface energy which makes it useful for silicone and urethane low pressure molding applications.

APPLICATIONS

 

Low pressure resin casting molds

  • Glue and adhesive bonding clamps
  • Chemical processing parts
  • Automotive part

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Essentium PET-CF is a 15% carbon fiber reinforced polyester filament made with Luvocom® 3F resin from Lehvoss. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is a semicrystalline polyester commonly used in soda bottles and automotive parts when reinforced with a fiber-filler. This material is one of the easiest filaments in our portfolio to print and has an outstanding price-to-performance ratio. PET-CF has a good balance of stiffness and strength, and when annealed it has temperature resistance of over 155 ̊C, and good chemical resistance for common solvents.

APPLICATIONS

  • Jigs, fixtures, tooling
  • Functional prototypes
  • Brackets
  • Automotive parts
  • Component housings
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Essentium PPS-CF is a 15% carbon fiber reinforced polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) filament made with LUVOCOM® 3F resin from LEHVOSS Group. PPS is a semicrystalline, high-performance polymer used in numerous challenging applications in various industries. This material has an outstanding price-to-performance ratio with exceptional strength, stiffness, temperature, chemical and wear resistance. PPS is suitable in many cases instead of higher priced super polymers as PAEKs (PEEK, PEKK).

APPLICATIONS

  • Injection mold tooling
  • Expanded foam mold tooling
  • Aerospace parts
  • Railway parts
  • Oil and gas
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Applications

Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping

The benefits of using additive manufacturing for prototyping were some of the first to be realized. During that age of Additive 1.0, manufacturers learned that they could skip the lengthy lead times and costly tool changes during initial iterations and accepted it despite its limitations. Additive 2.0 introduced rapid prototyping where manufacturers can use technology like the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printer to reduce the time to prototype to a few hours instead of days and instead of iterating with ABS or PA, they can design with the end-use material.

Tooling

Tooling

Traditional manufacturing methods are driven by CNC machines and injection molding machines, both of which require tools to be made, iterated, manufactured, and shipped. This entire process can take months, even with the best suppliers on the planet. With the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printing Platform, skip over the lead time and tooling costs, and create highly accurate molds, that can be tweaked on the fly. These 3D-printed tools can be printed in a matter of days at a fraction of the cost of traditional tooling and casting methods.

Casting

Casting

Avoid the high cost and long lead times of traditional tool creation and print molds on the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE™) 3D Printing Platform. Manufacturers can create prototypes, iterate designs, and print the final part on the same platform and materials which saves time and increases quality.

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