Carbon filled filaments: advantages and differences
These days in FILOALFA®, we are presenting the new component of the range of filaments for 3D printing filled with carbon fiber: PP CF.
PP CF is a flexible material with high resistance to chemicals: it is not afraid of oils and gasoline and it is not hygroscopic. This way it will not absorb humidity in the environment allowing you to use the spool up to the last centimeter as if it were new.
PP CF combines great resistance to high temperatures with excellent printability. PP CF is in fact very easy to print, and guarantees the result in a wide range of printing temperatures, allowing to find the right balance between part definition and adhesion between layers.
Differences with other carbon filled 3d print filaments
ALFANYLON CF is a polyamide (PA) 3d filament resistant to impact, scratches, and chemicals. The perfect material for those who want to get professional prints with high mechanical and thermal properties, while maintaining excellent elasticity.
ALFAOMNIA is characterized by a high stiffness that goes along with very high mechanical and thermal performances, as well as a high aesthetic yield, a matt finish, and a remarkable ability to "hide" layers. It is recommended for applications that require very high stiffness and tensile strength combined with ease of printing.
Compared to ALFANYLON CF, PP CF is not hygroscopic, eliminating potential moisture problems during printing, while maintaining high thermal properties and excellent printability.
Compared to ALFAOMNIA, PP CF is a more elastic material and even more chemically resistant.
In addition, as mentioned, PP CF has a high range of printing temperatures, allowing it to adapt to different professional needs and optimizing adhesion between layers.
Due to the abrasiveness of carbon fibers, FILOALFA® always recommends using steel nozzles when printing carbon fiber filled filaments.
We also remind you that steel is a less thermally conductive material than brass, for this reason, we recommend raising the printing temperature by 5-10°C over normal.
Replacing the nozzle is a very simple procedure and on the market you can find nozzles compatible with almost all 3d printers.