DM Fiber

Industrial-grade composites, featuring continuous
carbon fiber and fiberglass tape for unrivaled part strength¹

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Industrial-grade composites, featuring continuous carbon fiber and fiberglass tape for unrivaled part strength¹

 

Benefits

Strong parts

Fiber™ combines the exceptional performance of continuous carbon fiber with the ease of FFF printing to produce high-performance parts that are stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and can operate continuously in the toughest environments up to 250 ºC.

 

Continuous fiber reinforcement

Continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass tape is applied along critical load paths in a process called Micro Automated Fiber Placement (µAFP). Layers of highly loaded continuous fiber tape are laminated to build dense, reinforced sections over three times stronger than steel and as low as one-fifth the weight (up to 2,400 MPa tensile strength and

 

Low porosity

Utilizing continuous fiber tapes made with up to 12k carbon fiber tows or E-glass fiberglass reinforcement, up to 60% fiber volume fraction, and exceptional resin impregnation, Fiber™ is able to achieve continuous fiber reinforcement with less than 1% porosity.

 

Multi-directional reinforcement

Layers of continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass tape are deposited via µAFP. Users can automatically optimize fiber orientation for maximum coverage, or enable Expert Mode to tailor orientation for specific loading conditions.

Wide range of materials

Fiber™ prints with two printheads—one dedicated to continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass uAFP tape; one dedicated to chopped carbon fiber or fiberglass-reinforced FFF filament. Designed for versatility, the printer supports a wide range of fiber-reinforced composites to enable a broad set of applications from consumer electronics to automotive.

 

PEKK + Continuous Carbon Fiber

PEKK is characterized by its high tensile and compression strength, resistance to chemical abrasion and ability to withstand high temperatures (above 250­­ °C). When reinforced with carbon fiber, the resulting parts are exceptionally durable and safe for operations where ESD compliance is required.

PEEK + Continuous Carbon Fiber

PEEK is characterized by its exceptional mechanical properties. In addition to high resistance to surface abrasion, it is inherently flame retardant, and can withstand high temperatures (above 200­­ °C). When combined with continuous carbon fiber, the resulting composite is strong, stiff and well-suited for extreme environments.

 

Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Carbon Fiber

Our PA6 nylon with carbon fiber reinforcement boasts a high fatigue level and a tensile strength 30x stronger than ABS—making it great for high-wear manufacturing jigs and fixtures.

 

Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Fiberglass

Fiberglass-reinforced nylon is a low-cost material which renders lightweight, high-strength and corrosion-resistant parts—making it ideal for sporting goods applications where parts are exposed to the elements and have a low per-part target cost

Accessible to all

With a wide range of materials, easy-to-use platform, and affordable pricing, Fiber™ offers high-quality composite 3D printing at a price point every engineer and designer can access.

 

Easy to use

In a matter of minutes, users can begin 3D printing industrial-grade composites from the comfort of their desktop. Entry-level settings and opt-in advanced controls allow every engineer to produce high-quality composite parts at the press of a button.

 

Affordable

Boasting superior materials and a large build envelope, Fiber™ offers unrivaled utility at just a fraction of the upfront cost of other industrial continuous fiber composite printers.³ With Fiber™, engineers no longer have to trade between high quality, speed, and affordability.

 

Printer

Fiber™ is the only composite 3D printer to use Micro Automated Fiber Placement (μAFP)—unlocking exceptional part strength for a desktop printer. Featuring closed-loop heat control, the µAFP tool head deposits low porosity, continuous fiber reinforcement while the FFF printhead enables a high-resolution exterior shell.

Materials

The Fiber™ materials library is categorized by family—or thermoplastic material. Our current library features three material families: Nylon (PA6), PEEK, and PEKK, which can be reinforced by carbon fiber- and fiberglass μAFP tapes.

Prep

Generate geometry, review loading conditions, and identify areas for reinforcement.

Reinforce

Selectively reinforce with continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass μAFP tape along critical load paths.

Print

The Fiber™ printer utilizes a dual-deposition print method to build parts layer-by-layer in both chopped carbon fiber or fiberglass filament and continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass µAFP tape.

Part anatomy

Parts printed on Fiber™ feature a chopped fiber shell and solid, continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass reinforcements.

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