Continuous fiber reinforcement
Continuous fiber 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 fully-dense, reinforced sections two times stronger than steel at <1/5 the weight (up to 2,500 MPa tensile strength and <1.5 g/cc).
Utilizing tapes made with 12k continuous fiber tows, up to 60% fiber volume fraction, and exceptional resin impregnation, Fiber™ is able to achieve continuous fiber reinforcement with less than 1% porosity.
Layers of continuous fiber are deposited via µAFP. Users can automatically optimize fiber orientation for maximum coverage, or enable Expert Mode to tailor orientation for specific loading conditions.
Widest Range of Materials
Fiber™ prints with two printheads—one dedicated to continuous fiber tape; one dedicated to chopped fiber-reinforced 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, resulting parts are exceptionally durable and well-suited for extreme environments.
PEEK + Continuous Carbon Fiber
PEEK is characterized by exceptional mechanical properties, high resistance to surface abrasion, and is inherently flame retardant. When combined with continuous carbon fiber, the resulting composite is strong, stiff, and boasts a high fatigue level—making it great for high-wear manufacturing jigs and fixtures.
Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Carbon Fiber
Our PA6 nylon with carbon fiber reinforcement is safe for operations where ESD compliance is required. With a tensile strength 30x stronger than ABS, PA6 + CF is an excellent material for end-of-arm tooling, including those used in electronics manufacturing.
Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Fiberglass
Fiberglass-reinforced nylon is a low-cost material which renders lightweight, high-strength, and corrosion-resistant parts—making it a great match for sporting goods applications where parts are exposed to the elements and have a low target cost per part.