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3D printers use carbon-reinforced polymers

Posted on 27 March 2014

A US start-up company is offering technology to use carbon-reinforced engineering polymers in 3D printing. California-based Arevo Labs said it had developed process and materials expertise to use carbon fibre and carbon nanotubes in commercially available filament fusion 3D printers.

 

The development also includes algorithms to make 3D objects with predictable mechanical properties.

 

Arevo said it had worked on composites based on several Solvay engineering polymers such as KetaSpire polyetheretherketone, AvaSpire polyaryletherketone, Radel polyphenylene sulfide and PrimoSpire self-reinforced polyphenylene.

 

“OEMs in the aerospace and defence industries, in particular, can now use lighter and stronger production parts not possible to manufacture using conventional methods until now,” said Arevo founder Hemant Bheda.

 

The new company overcame technical challenges posed by advanced, reinforced polymers in 3D printing by optimising polymer formulations and by using innovative extrusion techniques, it claimed.

 

Its patent-pending technology combined the benefits of printing complex geometries with reinforced materials that resist high temperatures and chemicals, while advanced algorithms allowed production of light, strong parts.

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