The mechanical properties of FDM Nylon 12CF allow engineers to explore the possible transition from traditional metal parts to 3D printed plastic composites.
The mechanical properties of FDM Nylon 12CF allow engineers to explore the possible transition from traditional metal parts to 3D printed plastic composites.

3D printing specialist Stratasys has developed FDM Nylon 12CF, a carbon fiber-filled thermoplastic which could replace metal components in a range of applications.

Stratasys says that FDM Nylon 12CF is suitable for rapid prototyping, light-weight tooling and end-use parts. It contains 35% chopped carbon-fiber by weight and is suitable for automotive, aerospace, recreational goods, and industrial manufacturing sectors.

‘The very high stiffness-to-weight ratio of the FDM Nylon 12CF material makes it extremely well suited for a wide range of final part and manufacturing tooling applications where the combination of stiffness, strength and low weight is critical to the performance,’ claimed Tim Schniepp, head of tooling solutions for Stratasys. ‘Examples include drill guides, end- of- arm tooling, brackets, jigs, fixtures, and even metal forming tools.’

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