3D Print parts Stronger than Metal

General Information:

3D Printing technology of today enables you to combine tough materials such as Nylon and Carbon Fiber in order to rapidly produce low volume, end-user parts that are stronger and lighter than metal.

Applications include strong durable tools for manufacturing, high performance parts within the automotive field, prosthetic devices in health care, fashion items and much more.

 

How does it work?

The FDM 3D Printer fuses layers of nylon with continues strands of composites including carbon fiber, kevlar and fiberglass. Manufacturing process takes hours and not days, allowing us to deliver your item or part in a matter of a few days.

Material costs are volume based which are different for each material. For further information or free quotes, visit the contact section, send us an email or give us a phone call.

 

Advantages:

End-user parts characteristics include: high strength, high stiffness, flexibility,  weight reduction, affordability.

There is no vacuum bagging, post curing, or trimming of composites involved in  the process.

The 3d printing software allow us to pause the process, embed electronics (RFID sensors,etc) or other components (hardware like captive nuts, bolts, metallic inserts) and finally continue the printing process. (See images below)

 

Materials:

Thermoplastic:

-Nylon: Flexible or strong depending on the wall thickness of the object. One the toughest plastics widely used on demanding engineering applications. This 3d printing material is one the most affordable and durable on the market.

-Onyx Nylon: The most reliable option in FDM 3d printing. Excellent surface finish and excellent performance.

 

Composites:

All composites are made out of continuous strands of fiber which provide the outstanding strength and stiffness to the part,dramatically.

 

-Fiberglass provides  Strength like metal, allows to embed electronics without interfering Radio Frequency signals, making it ideal for MRI tests and other medical application where metal could interfere in the process.

-Kevlar: Impact resistant, high strength, abrasion resistant. Suitable for professional Sports footwear, moving parts like fan blades among others.

-Carbon Fiber: higher strength to weight ratio than metal. Parts are stronger than steel when applying a tensile load and stronger than aluminum when applying a bending load. It contains Radio Frequency signals when embedding electronics.

 

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Finally, we are able to print End user parts with strength of metal, for the price of plastic.

See the Stress vs Strain Graph for a comparison between all of the materials offered

What's on your mind?

 

-Prototyping a new product:

3D Printing  speeds up the prototyping process while saving time and money.

 

-Producing an end-user item(s):

 Personalized and customized items are growing rapidly since materials, hardware and software are evolving dramatically  while becoming more accessible and affordable. 

 

Quick Example :


Health Care: Personalized prosthetic devices for children. These devices don't grow but children do. Moreover, everyone's bodies are different. 3D Printing allows rapid resizing and manufacturing of these parts in order to fit the growing bodies of these young patients.

 


How does it work?

 

-3D Printing: Process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer. Objects could be prototypes or end user parts. There is an extensive variety of materials including plastics, metals, composites,etc. There are also various 3d printing methods which are efficient in certain applications. The key to select the right method for the right product, concept or idea. Some methods are: FDM, SLA, SLS, FTI, CLIP,CFF and many others.