The Performance and Versatility to Bring Your Product Vision to Life
While it’s important to have a firm core of base polymers for your printer, there is growing excitement around composite materials, or materials that combine multiple polymers to enhance properties and increase performance. The MakerBot LABS Experimental Extruder for METHOD, for example, gives users the possibility of using MakerBot’s primary base polymers, alongside a massive array of third-party composites and other advanced polymers. While it’s not realistic to cover each and every composite, there are a few examples below that give insight into a world of new possibilities through these offerings.
The Makerbot Method X provides an incredibly versatile range of materials and capabilities with an interchangeable extrusion head. These materials can give your organization the capability to print and test functional parts, ESD enclosures, flame retardant components and more. Speak to a CADimensions representative to get started today!
Carbon Fiber and Base Polymer
Carbon Fiber is one of those materials that creates a buzz whenever it comes up, and for good reason. The use of carbon fibers can create incredible strength while keeping weight low. Carbon fibers can be composited with a number of other polymers, for example ABS carbon fiber can provide the clean surface of ABS with the added strength of carbon fiber.
ESD (Electrostatic Dissipative) is a property that reduces static electricity in order to protect electrostatic-sensitive devices, or to contain flammable liquids or gases. Through modifications in chemistry, 3D printing base polymers, such as PETG, can take on ESD characteristics, making them ideal for creating test fixtures or housings for circuit boards.
Heat-Resistant & Flame-Retardant
Preventing or slowing the spread of fire can be important in many testing or end-use applications. By modifying a base polymer like polycarbonate, it is possible to 3D print parts that are not only strong, but also have extinguishing properties that prevent flames. FR is an important characteristic for parts made for the automotive, railway, and aerospace industries.