FDM 3D Printing Nylon CF Plastic

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unctional Nylon CF (FDM) is constructed from molten Nylon CF composite layer by layer. Support materials are required in this process for overhang region. For this material, 3D Print layer lines and support marks could be visible in region requiring them. 

This FDM 3D Printing Nylon material is reinforced with chopped carbon fiber to increase the stiffness of the already tough and durable Nylon Plastic. A good complimentary material to our Functional Nylon (MJF) and better alternative to ABS Plastic for mid sized, basic geometry engineering prototypes. Not to mention, this material will give off a better surface appearance compared to standard FDM 3D Printing process. It is ideal for single part production of basic geometry functional parts quickly and economically.

  • FDM 3D Printing Nylon CF
  • FDM 3D Printing Nylon CF Mount Photo

Material Overview

Application 

Suitable for:

  • Functional parts and prototypes
  • Suitable for spray painting
  • Good thermal resistance
  • parts with limited functionality
  • Good mechanical Properties
  • Suitable for outdoor use

Lead Time

Standard Lead Time:
ship in about 3 business days

Expedited Lead Time:
ship in about 2 business days

Specification

Build Size: 315L x 130W x 150Hmm

Minimum Wall Thickness: 1mm (may vary)

Minimum Detail: 0.5 mm

Clearance for fitting:
0.2mm (tight fit) – 0.5mm (loose fit)

Estimated Accuracy:
+/-0.2mm typically (0.3% of longest side)

Infill settings available: 30-40% and full solid.

Benefits 

  • Produce Real Functional Part
  • Good Mechanical Properties
  • Good Thermal Resistance
  • Fast and Economical for single part production
  • Good complimentary to Functional Nylon (MJF) & more superior than ABS plastic

FDM 3D Printing Nylon CF is suitable for most functional prototype with relatively basic geometry. Highly suitable for single part production requiring fast turnover without compromising on material functionality.

Technical Data

Tensile Strength: 46 MPa (ASTM D638)
Tensile Modulus: 1400 MPa (ASTM D638)
Flexural Strength: 81 MPa (ASTM D790)
Flexural Modulus: 2880 MPa (ASTM D790)
Izod impact notched (D256-10 A): 330J/m
Heat Deflection Temperature (D648 B): 140°C
Density: 1.2g/cm
*Users should conduct their own testing to determine actual results. Values to be used for reference only.

Design Guidelines

Wall Thickness

Minimum wall thickness: 1mm (may vary depending on part dimension)

To ensure that your model is 3D printable, we would recommend a minimum wall thickness of 1mm. However, we recommend that you increase the wall thickness of your model as your design gets larger in scale. Designing your models too thin may result in your 3D printed part being too fragile for handling, prone to warping and may break easily.

Sufficient wall thickness is crucial to ensure that your models make it through printing and post processing.

Embossed & Engraved Details

For embossed details, we recommend a minimum thickness of 0.5mm and a height of 0.5mm for your text.

For engraved details, we recommend a minimum thickness of 0.5mm and a minimum depth of 0.5mm.

Clearance

Clearance is the space between two objects, allowing one or both of them to have a certain degree of freedom of movement relative to the other. We would recommend 0.1mm for tight fit, 0.2mm for standard fit and 0.3mm for loose fit. You are advise to test out several iterations if you wish to attain a perfect fit.

Hollowing Model

As much as possible we would recommend to hollow out solid models. Majority of the time, producing your 3D printed part in full solid may not be necessary. By doing so, you can reduce cost and avoid shrinkage issues in thicker regions. Recommended wall thickness 2-3mm (for model below 35cm). 4-5mm wall thickness is recommended for model between 35cm to 70cm)

Even after hollowing your model there will still be 3D printing material trapped in the interior. To avoid this, you can design “escape holes” to your model so that the excess material can be drained. Escape holes are recommended to be at least 4mm in diameter and beyond 8mm for large model. For large model, adding a single escape hole will not allow the excess material to be drained fully. Hence we recommend multiple escape holes to be added.

Large Flat Plane

Designing large flat planes will cause will model to deform or warp. To avoid this, we would advice to avoid designing models with large flat planes.

Strengthening Model

Often when designing your model, it is a good practice to include ribs and gussets to improve the strength and stiffness of your model.

Multiple Part File

Multiple part in a file is a common reason for us to reject an order or cause delay for us to process your order. When you need more than one model to be printed, simply export the separate models individually and send it in to us for printing or quoting.

Design for Transparency

When designing your transparent model, do ensure that both internal and external walls are expose and easily reach to attain a higher transparency for your printed part.

Clear varnish have to be applied internally and externally for your models to attain a good transparency. If either side of the wall cannot be reached by spray painting, it will affect the transparency of your model.

*Please take note that having very thick walls could also reduce the transparency in your model!

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