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Composite additive manufacturing

Composites are materials that are made up of two or more different materials. Individually, each material has its strengths and weaknesses. But, by mixing them together, it is possible to combine their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses.

In additive manufacturing (AM), carbon fiber (CF) is commonly mixed with thermoplastic polymers such as nylon (PA), polycarbonate (PC), and even PEEK (polyetheretherketone). Such composite AM materials result in parts that are both stronger and more lightweight. Some manufacturers boast composite parts that are as strong as metal.

However, they require solid hardware (tough nozzle, closed print chambers, etc.) to be successfully printed.

Source: Raise3D

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