We have been providing advanced polymer and composite solutions in additive manufacturing for a number of years and are delighted to offer another novel material and process suitable for the most demanding applications.
Following on from our recent new addition CE 221, Carbon Fibre PEEK also produces similar advanced mechanical properties ideally suited for more small to medium sized components. This is a welcome addition to the 3D Printing Materials catalogue given we can now offer the most advanced composite additive manufacturing solutions to cover all part geometries and sizes for best results using this new process alongside our existing FDM and DLS technologies.
Composite-based additive manufacturing technology is the only process that combines long-fibre fabrics of carbon with high performance polymer powders to make long fibre composite parts.
How does powder-based composite 3D printing work?
The technology uses high-speed inkjet printing methods to produce high-performance composite parts without tooling or messy resins.
Powder-based 3D composite produces some of the stiffest, strongest, toughest composites available and can replace a variety of materials in a wide range of applications.
The resulting part surface is slightly grained. Previously we were only able to offer lower quality surface finishes with PEEK (where the most advanced mechanical properties were required) using an FDM process due to the 0.3mm layer height and difficult post processing of the material.
The consolidated laminate process geometries of Cabon Fibre PEEK that are more solid and have less depth in z axis provide the best use opportunities and part economies on very low part counts (as opposed to hollow, more shell, enclosure type geometries).
Why choose Carbon Fibre PEEK?
- True carbon fibre composite
- High tensile strength
- Excellent temperature performance (melting point 340ºC)
- High strength-to-weight ratio
- Superior wear and abrasion resistance
- Compatible with autoclave sterilisation
- Chemical resistance (organics, acids and bases)
- Fine surface finish
- Excellent flatness
- Exceptional part tolerances
- Machinable and paintable
- Structural parts
- Weight reduction
- Metal replacement
- Propellers and spinning geometries
- Industrial tooling
- Gears and bell cranks
- Impellers and connectors
- High temperature surface mount tool
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