Industrial 3D printing specialist Essentium has introduced an independent dual extrusion 3D printer to be used with a 20% carbon fiber reinforced polypropylene (PP) filament.
The High Speed Extrusion (HSETM) 280i HT 3D Printer features extruder heads that are fully independent on both the X and Y-axis, enabling faster production and reducing post-processing costs, the company said.
The printer delivers print speeds of more than 500 mm/s with a non-slip, high torque extrusion system with all linear servo motors. Differing from most FFF processes that rely on a heated build chamber, the HSE 280i HT 3D Printer uses a multimodal heating method designed to heat the part.
Essentium has also developed PP-CF, a 20% carbon fiber reinforced PP filament made with Luvocom 3F resin from Lehvoss to be processed on the 3D printer. According to the company the composite has improved chemical resistance and low surface energy, making it suitable for silicone and urethane molding applications. Essentium PP-CF allows manufacturers to print chemically resistant, low surface energy parts with greater strength and stiffness than unreinforced polyolefins.
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