The choice of materials

Choosing a material for your needs

Carbon Fiber composites

Nylon 6/66 CFthe greatest resistance to elevated temperatures and impact, this famous compound of the polyamide has the best parameters
Nylon N12 CFwhen the finish is more important and without the need for post-processing, sacrificing some parameters
ABS CFsuperior rigidity to the original material that makes it an end-use part
PETG CFadding carbon fibers, increasing its rigidity, multiplies its applications

ABS and ASA composites

ABS ESDwhen we need to protect elements from electrostatic discharges
ABS – KEVLARthe use of aramid fibers as additive gives it high impact resistance
ABS ECcarbon nanotubes give it electrical conductivity
ABS + PCthese polymers mix confers an improvement in the characteristics of ABS*
ABS + PC – FRwith remarkably rigidity and flame-retardant, perfect in automotive, railway and aerospace*
ABSof course, in its pure state, the polymer with an excellent finish and perfect in prototypes.
ASAlike ABS but with high resistance to UV and humidity, perfect for outdoors
* go to PC composites

Composites en PC

PC – PBTthese polymers mix provides exceptional climatic resistance, highly appreciated in the automotive industry.
PC FRinstallations where the use of flame-retardant materials is required
PC + PMMAthese two polymers combine high transparency and rigidity, perfect for use in luminaires
PC + ABSthis polymers mix confers improved characteristics of polycarbonate*
PC + ABS – FRwith remarkably rigidity and flame-retardant, perfect in automotive, railway and aerospace*
PCand of course, pure resin, with acceptable rigidity and also the possibility of high transparency
* go to ABS composites

Technical materials

Nylon:excellent abrasion resistance and elevated temperature resistance
PETG ESD:the PETG versatility with protection against electrostatic discharges
PETG:a significant improvement over the well-known PET and with the ability to contain liquids
TPE:this is a perfect elastomeric product, like rubber, where rigidity is not important (TPU)
PLA:obtained from corn, biodegradable*, the best known and easy to work with, but excellent resistance
TOUGH PLA: PLA modification that has better resistance to tension
* subjected to industrial processes

Visual summary of the two most important characteristics and most valued in a polymer or composite

  • From left to right implies from smallest to LARGEST strength.
  • From top to bottom implies HIGHER to Least heat deflection.

There are clear preferences for use in different industrial sectors:

  • AUTOMOTIVE: on external parts PC-PBT and ASA; PC-ABS interiors and PETG-CF and Nylon-CF engine parts
  • ELECTRONICS: electronic components containers in ABS-ESD, ABS-EC, PETG-ESD
  • LABORATORY: custom containers in PETG, ABS, TPU
  • NAUTICAL: exposed to adverse conditions and high resistance such as Nylon-CF, ASA, ABS-Kevlar, PC-PBT
  • AEROSPACE: light and reliable such as Nylon-CF, PC-ABS, PC-PBT, ABS-CF, PEEK
  • ENGINEERING AND TESTING: end-use parts such as ABS, ASA, PC-ABS

Other Engineering Grade Materials*

More sophisticated Polymers and Composites with Fiberglass, some with antimicrobial characteristics such as Graphene, are now available for FDM production. * under project study

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In any case, we will study your needs and guide you in choosing the most appropriate material for your application.