Composite filaments suitable for 3D printer

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Ultrafuse PP GF30 is polypropylene reinforced with 30% glass fiber.
Ultrafuse PP GF30 is polypropylene reinforced with 30% glass fiber.

BASF says that two of its carbon and glass fiber reinforced filament materials are now suitable for use with a Zortrax M300 Dual 3D printer.

Ultrafuse PP GF30, which is polypropylene reinforced with 30% glass fiber, and Ultrafuse PAHT CF15, a polyamide reinforced with 15% carbon fiber are suitable for use in automotive parts, as well as building lift-gates, instrument panel carriers, mirror brackets, engine covers, door module assemblies and active grille shutters. 

‘Using plastic instead of metal alloys in all those applications grants more design freedom to engineers who can achieve optimal shapes and geometries,’ said Michal Siemaszko, head of research and development at Zortrax SA. ‘Weight savings are also crucial, especially with the recent rise of electric vehicles where relatively heavy batteries need to be compensated for by making other components lighter to increase range.’

The heat deflection temperature of Ultrafuse PP GF30 is 73°C at 1.8 MPa and over 127°C at 0.45 MPa, while PAHT CF15 has a heat deflection temperature at 1.8 MPa of 92°C and goes to 145°C at 0.45 MPa.

This story uses material from BASF, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.