MakerBot expands composite materials offering with Nylon 12 CF

MakerBot has expanded on its composite materials offering by adding Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber (CF) to its materials portfolio and giving users more options in printing metal replacement parts for certain applications. This comes less than 5 months after MakerBot introduced the availability of Nylon Carbon Fiber for their METHOD platform.

Less affected by moisture, Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber retains more of its performance in the presence of moisture compared to Nylon Carbon Fiber.

Just like Nylon and Nylon Carbon Fiber, Nylon 12 CF requires the composite extruder to work on METHOD X and offers superior moisture resistance for consistent performance in any environment. Optimized for high strength and stiffness, Nylon 12 CF can be relied on to print metal replacement parts for certain applications.

“Composite materials are ideal for a range of engineering applications. The MakerBot Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber, in particular, offers manufacturers a cost-effective and lightweight alternative to metal 3D printing due to its high dimensional stability and excellent resistance to cracking under stress,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot.

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Ideal for functional prototyping and lightweight tooling applications in aerospace, manufacturing, and automotive industries, Nylon 12 CF offers an impressive 6000 Mpa tensile modulus for applications that require parts to hold their form with minimal flex – such as automotive brackets or inspection gauges.

“By expanding the material options available for use with the METHOD 3D printers, we are providing more opportunities for users to explore new applications,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot.

Shipping for Nylon 12 CF will begin from November 2020.

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