0:00 - Intro
1:50 - What Industries Use This Material
2:42 - What Temps You Need to Print This
3:47 - Material Specifications
5:12 - Example Parts
7:16 - Break Tests
10:24 - Burn Tests
15:04 - End
CarbonX™ PP+CF is made using a specialty formulated PP copolymer reinforced with premium high-modulus carbon fiber. This combination offers easier printing than regular PP, with a bit more strength & stiffness, excellent dimensional stability, and a really nice surface finish. So, polypropylene, much like PET, is found almost everywhere, especially in the food industry -- bottles and bottle caps, mostly, pallets, crates, storage containers, household products, battery cases, medical devices, even yogurt cups -- it’s that plastic that won’t break, won’t shatter, and just bends over and over. This particular filament is based on a patent-pending PP formula that has improved thermal properties, as well as low shrinkage/warp compared to competitive filaments. Something interesting to note, as well, is that due to the low density of the material, this 750g reel has the same volume of filament as a 1kg reel of ABS or ASA.
One of the best applications for PP is living hinges - hinges that can be used thousands of times without any wear, and no moving parts -- think about the cap on your hand sanitizer or shampoo bottle -- that’s a living hinge. Now, this CFPP is a bit more rigid, so you probably won’t use it for that, but it’s still pretty cool. According to some reports, the current global demand for PP is around 62 million tons per year -- this stuff is everywhere. In industry, it’s used in automotive when chemical and thermal resistance is needed, and with the carbon fiber, can be used for structural parts, or things like intake manifolds. I probably wouldn’t bolt it straight to the block, but this could definitely be used for intake arms and ducting.
WHAT KIND OF MACHINE DO YOU NEED TO PRINT THIS FILAMENT?
Print Temperature: 220-250°C depending on your printer (up to 270°C on some printers)
Bed Temperature 23-60°C
For adhesive, there are a few solutions out there, but packing tape has worked best for us.
Supports: Aquatek X1 Universal Support Material works, along with Aquasys 120
And again, you never need to dry this filament, which is a huge plus!
BASIC MATERIAL SPECS:
- Does not absorb moisture
- Excellent chemical resistance
- Low density/light weight
- High strength and stiffness
- Ease of printing – suitable for use on practically any 3D printer
As with all carbon-fiber filaments, they will wear out a brass nozzle VERY fast -- we highly recommend one of our hardened steel nozzles, at visionminer.com/nozzles
Acids: Acetic, Boric, Hydrochloric, Phosphoric, Stearic, Sulfuric, Uric
Bases: Hydroxides of Ammonium, Barium, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium
Solvents: Acetone, Ethanol, MEK, Phenol (10%), Water
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