Carbon fiber filaments consists of tiny carbon fibers infused into a base material. These blends allow carbon fiber printers, such as the F400, to print lighter and more durable objects. The F400 is designed to work with an assortment of carbon fiber blends and is built to withstand the unique demands of carbon fiber 3D printing. We at Fusion3 have tested a wide variety of 3D printer filaments that mix a base plastic (approx. 80%) with carbon fiber shards and have certified many of them for use with our F400 Optimized Carbon Fiber 3D Printer.
To get the most from a carbon fiber blended filament, it’s important to understand what they’re good at (and what they’re not good at), and use the best carbon fiber 3D printer for the task.
Low-temperature carbon fiber filled materials such as Carbon Fiber PLA are not very useful.
PLA is already extremely stiff, and the addition of carbon fiber adds to its brittleness and increases print difficulty. To truly realize the performance improvements of carbon fiber 3D printing, you need to blend carbon fiber with higher temperature, higher strength materials such as nylon, ABS, polycarbonate, and others.
10 Different Carbon Fiber Blends (ABS, PETG, NYLON, and PLA) Certified For Use With Fusion3 3D Printers
Carbon fiber filled materials require more heat to achieve full layer bond strength.
Thanks to the Fusion3 F400’s high-power heated bed, enclosed build volume, and high power print head, the F400 Optimized Carbon Fiber 3D Printer has no issues getting high-performance materials hot enough to achieve high strength layer bonding.
Carbon fiber filled materials are abrasive like sandpaper.
Carbon fiber printing can quickly destroy a standard brass nozzle or aluminum nozzle. It takes less than 100g of material to erode and deform a common brass nozzle print head to the point of destruction. Our F400 Optimized Carbon Fiber 3D printer comes equipped with a hardened steel nozzle as standard equipment. Unlike brass, hardened steel will not erode and prints carbon fiber filled filament like a champ, without any wear.
Carbon fiber filled materials are significantly more expensive than their unfilled counterparts.
3D printing with carbon fiber can be expensive. The last thing you want to do is waste material on failed prints. Fusion3’s F400 3D printer is reliable and durable, so you’ll spend more time productively printing and waste less material.