Carbon fiber composite materials: Roboze’s new developments in 3D printing for metal replacement

Roboze reveals the latest developments in the field of composite materials for 3D printing confirming the great efforts dedicated to technological innovation and the desire to extend its know-how for the benefit of the whole sector.

Carbon fiber composite materials: Roboze’s new developments in 3D printing for metal replacement

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Roboze, a provider of industrial additive manufacturing solutions, reveals the latest developments obtained from the implementation of two flagship materials of the company: Carbon PA PRO, PA 6 reinforced with carbon fibers, and Carbon PEEK, PEEK matrix reinforced with carbon fibers. The combination of research in materials science and the production process, conceived by the company, increase the application opportunities with the ultimate aim of accelerating the digital transition of companies and economic development.

The use of composite materials, capable of combining chemical-physical properties typical of traditional materials, such as metal alloys, ceramics and polymers, is increasingly frequent in every industrial sector. The use of high-performance composite materials, combined with the benefits of 3D printing technology, has demonstrated a series of advantages in recent years: in terms of money, as it allows for a reduction in costs and times compared to traditional methods; in terms of process, as it allows to optimize production phases and the supply chain; in terms of project, increasing the design flexibility.

Roboze is aware of this, as specialized in the design and production of the most precise 3D printers in the world for the production of parts with super polymers and composite materials to replace metals in sectors with extreme working conditions. The company’s core business is strongly linked to the research and development of innovative solutions in the field of additive manufacturing, high-performance innovations that have accelerated various sectors of the manufacturing industry.

Today Roboze takes a further step forward and presents the latest developments of its research on existing filaments by increasing the performance and quality of the components produced through its solutions: Carbon PA PRO and Carbon PEEK.

CARBON PA PRO: the strongest composite material that Roboze has ever produced
The new Carbon PA PRO has a higher concentration of carbon fibers which results in a 50% increase in properties compared to the previous solution.

Overall, combined with the Roboze 3D printing process, Carbon PA PRO is 1.6 times stronger than its predecessor and is more than twice as stiff, therefore, can withstand much more heavy mechanical loads, resulting in the strongest composite material Roboze has ever produced so far. Suffice to say that its tensile strength (171 MPa) is in the same order of magnitude as light aluminum alloys but at half the density.

This solution finds many uses in the manufacturing industry, for example for support frames in robotic production lines and, especially when combined with the design freedom of 3D printing, for the production of tools such as dowel devices and gripping fingers. It is also perfect in high mechanical stress applications such as motorsport where it has been used successfully in spoilers and other aerodynamic parts. Its outstanding properties also make it an excellent material for manufacturing aerospace structural components such as drone frames.

CARBON PEEK: the carbon fiber reinforced PEEK for parts with high structural characteristics
The new Carbon PEEK also has a higher concentration of carbon fibers than the previous solution, positively influencing various properties. Among these we underline a greater interlayer strength of 50% (the tensile strength of ZX is 55 MPa), greater elasticity, a better surface finish and it is easier to work. The result is that parts are stronger, have a better aesthetic quality, wear out more slowly and can be delivered more quickly to the end user.

It is used across a wide range of industries, from aerospace and defense to automotive, energy, industrial manufacturing, and motorsport. Its remarkable durability makes it a popular choice for extreme environments. Typical applications include bearing retainers, bushings, energy machining tools, seals, thrust washers, pump and compressor components, aircraft hardware and fasteners, mechanical components. Thanks to its excellent properties, including high toughness, very high continuous operating temperature and glass transition temperature, and high melting point, it is the perfect candidate for metal replacement applications, resulting in significant weight savings, a fact that is particularly relevant in industries such as aerospace and defense.

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