31 Aug Discovering the industrial capabilities of functional printed components
Additive manufacturing by Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF/FDM) technique emerged mainly to produce polymeric-based components. Due to the advantages that FFF brings to the industry, significant technical efforts have been made to expand the FFF into new markets; developing new and novel filaments, as well as improved printers which adapt to the new requirements. This evolution opens new horizons/prospects for FFF on different industrial fields, allowing the manufacturing of functional, parts/components using composites, ceramic or metallic materials that, until just a few years ago, were unthinkable.
COLFEED4Print’s mission is to provide innovative products for printing technologies that focus on solving the demands of new industry 4.0 challenges, developing advanced and functional materials while promoting a circular economy, waste-free and environmentally neutral. Today, together with the company Dynamical 3D we present a case study, showing the possibilities that can be covered by FFF 3D printing with our conductive FEco Carbon Filament, which contains graphite particles dispersed in a PLA-based matrix reaching a conductivities value between 1 to 13 S·m-1, depending on the solid content of graphite within the filament.
The FEco Carbon Filament was tested using the Dynamical 3D FFF printer model DT60 which is an innovative, versatile and powerful 3D printer. DT60 model is suitable for large print volumes (600x450x450 mm), and it is equipped with a tungsten nozzle, that provides it high wear and thermal inertia resistance, these features make the DT60 printer ideal for industrial printing solutions.
Our FEco Carbon filament was validated for both dense parts and scaffolds with different infill and printing patterns, and complex shapes. Printed samples are uniform, showing good interlayer adhesion and conductivity by about 3 S·m-1.
The quality of the printed samples observed in this study case, open the horizon to successfully produce a wide range of high-performance components for different electronic applications using completely sustainable materials and efficient manufacturing processes such as FFF.
Thanks to our Patented Colloidal Processing method, the filament´s conductivity can be adjusted to different requirements in terms of conductivity or flexibility depending on their SMART application.
At COLFEED4Print we have a wide range of filaments in our catalogue that can meet your needs, but we also have extensive experience in the customization of new filament adapted to your own requirements.
If you have a special request or need a custom filament, please contact us!