Industrial-grade composites, featuring continuous carbon fiber and fiberglass tape for unrivaled part strength¹.
Wide range of materials
Accessible to all engineers
Fiber™ offers users exceptional part quality and a wide range of aerospace and industrial-grade materials—all on a user-friendly, desktop printer.
Fiber™ combines the exceptional performance of continuous carbon fiber with the ease of FFF printing to produce high-performance parts that are stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and can operate continuously in the toughest environments up to 250 ºC.
Continuous fiber reinforcement
Continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass tape is applied along critical load paths in a process called Micro Automated Fiber Placement (µAFP). Layers of highly loaded continuous fiber tape are laminated to build dense, reinforced sections over three times stronger than steel and as low as one-fifth the weight (up to 2,400 MPa tensile strength and <1.5 g/cc).
Utilizing continuous fiber tapes made with up to 12k carbon fiber tows or E-glass fiberglass reinforcement, up to 60% fiber volume fraction, and exceptional resin impregnation, Fiber™ is able to achieve continuous fiber reinforcement with less than 1% porosity.
Layers of continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass tape are deposited via µAFP. Users can automatically optimize fiber orientation for maximum coverage, or enable Expert Mode to tailor orientation for specific loading conditions.
Wide range of materials
Fiber™ prints with two printheads—one dedicated to continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass uAFP tape; one dedicated to chopped carbon fiber or fiberglass-reinforced FFF filament. Designed for versatility, the printer supports a wide range of fiber-reinforced composites to enable a broad set of applications from consumer electronics to automotive.
PEKK + Continuous Carbon Fiber
PEKK is characterized by its high tensile and compression strength, resistance to chemical abrasion and ability to withstand high temperatures (above 250 °C). When reinforced with carbon fiber, the resulting parts are exceptionally durable and safe for operations where ESD compliance is required.
PEEK + Continuous Carbon Fiber
PEEK is characterized by its exceptional mechanical properties. In addition to high resistance to surface abrasion, it is inherently flame retardant, and can withstand high temperatures (above 200 °C). When combined with continuous carbon fiber, the resulting composite is strong, stiff and well-suited for extreme environments.
Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Carbon Fiber
Our PA6 nylon with carbon fiber reinforcement boasts a high fatigue level and a tensile strength 30x stronger than ABS—making it great for high-wear manufacturing jigs and fixtures.
Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Fiberglass
Fiberglass-reinforced nylon is a low-cost material which renders lightweight, high-strength and corrosion-resistant parts—making it ideal for sporting goods applications where parts are exposed to the elements and have a low per-part target cost
Accessible to all
With a wide range of materials, easy-to-use platform, and affordable pricing, Fiber™ offers high-quality composite 3D printing at a price point every engineer and designer can access.
Easy to use
In a matter of minutes, users can begin 3D printing industrial-grade composites from the comfort of their desktop. Entry-level settings and opt-in advanced controls allow every engineer to produce high-quality composite parts at the press of a button.
Boasting superior materials and a large build envelope, Fiber™ offers unrivaled utility at just a fraction of the upfront cost of other industrial continuous fiber composite printers.³ With Fiber™, engineers no longer have to trade between high quality, speed, and affordability.
Continuous fiber composites exponentially expand the material performance landscape by a factor of over 60x.
Most thermoplastic printers fall within a narrow range:
- — <8 GPa tensile modulus
- — <100 MPa strength
Minor enhancements within this range are achieved via modifications to polymers or with the addition of chopped carbon fiber and fiberglass fillers.
Existing 3D-printed polymer and composite materials only account for a small fraction of engineering needs.
Continuous fiber printing expands this landscape to enable stronger, lighter-weight components.
- — Over 75x stiffer than ABS
- — Over 60x stronger than ABS
How it works
Fiber™ features two printheads—one dedicated to deposition of continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass prepreg tape (μAFP), one dedicated to extrusion of a chopped carbon fiber or fiberglass filament.
Generate geometry, review loading conditions, and identify areas for reinforcement.
Selectively reinforce with continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass μAFP tape along critical load paths.
The Fiber™ printer utilizes a dual-deposition print method to build parts layer-by-layer in both chopped carbon fiber or fiberglass filament and continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass µAFP tape.
Parts printed on Fiber™ feature a chopped fiber shell and solid, continuous carbon fiber or fiberglass reinforcements.
Fiber™ applications span a variety of industries including manufacturing, tooling, automotive, consumer, electronics, and marine.
Brake DuctPEEK + CFFound on a BMW hill climb car, this duct reroutes air from the front of the car to cool its brakes.
Ski BindingPA6 + CFThe ski binding heel track attaches to the base plate on a ski, allowing the heel binding to be adjusted.
Rocket Tail ConePEEK + CFThis part sits at the end of a rocket, redirecting air for optimal aerodynamics
Curling WhipPA6 + FGUsed in wheelchair curling, this part allows athletes to push curling stones from a seated position.
Mirror MountPA6 + CFThis part attaches a rear-view mirror to the roll cage on a BMW race car.
Surfboard FinPA6 + FGA hydrofoil mounted on the underside of a surfboard, the fin enables foot-steering and improves stability.
GRIT Lever ConnectorsPA6 + FGA pair of these level connectors are used in custom, all-terrain wheelchairs.
Balance Shaft GearsPEKK + CFThis part is a balance shaft gear used in an automotive turbocharger to reduce vibration.
Press Brake ToolingPA6 + CFThese press brake tools are used to bend aluminum sheet metal.
Bike Pedal CrankPA6 + FGConnecting arm responsible for attaching a pedal to the rear wheel crankset of a bike.
Assembly FixturePA6 + CFThis fixture is used to hold a sheet metal housing while fasteners and electronics are installed.
Skydiving Camera MountPA6 + GFThis mount attaches a camera to the helmet of a skydiver.
BattleBots Bot Motor HousingPEEK + CFCreated for a BattleBots, this motor housing was custom-designed to hold an electric motor.
UHF HousingPEKK + CFUltra high frequency radio housing for use in a cubesat.
Shroud HolderPA6 + CFThis fixture is used to hold metal injection molded shrouds for secondary machining operations.
Heat ShieldPEEK + CFThis heat shield protects the surrounding area of the car from hot exhaust.
Machining FixturePEEK + CFThis fixture holds lock barrels in place during a secondary reaming operation.
Rocket FinPEEK + CFCustom rocket fin used for an experimental testing rocket.
Applications by Industry
Explore applications for 3D printing across a range of industries.
For automotive manufacturers, 3D printing opens new opportunities for rapid prototyping, creating parts with more complexity than ever before, identifying opportunities for assembly consolidation and exploring new business models centered around on-demand production.Learn More
Manufacturers of consumer goods can use 3D printing for rapid prototyping and testing of new designs for both functionality and market feedback, and as a flexible manufacturing line for low-volume and regionally-targeted production that allows greater design freedom for product customization.Learn More
By investing in 3D printing, educational institutions provide students the tools to bring their work to life, help them build important career skills and enable them to act as additive manufacturing champions when they enter the workforce.Learn More
Using 3D printing, machine designers can print and test multiple part variations, create geometry that cannot be machined, consolidate large assemblies into fewer parts and reduce warehousing costs by printing custom parts on demand.Learn More
Heavy industry firms can use metal 3D printing to create highly-customized components from hard-to-machine materials, keep per-part costs low for custom, low-volume parts, and enable the creation of new designs with greater geometric complexity.Learn More
For companies that produce manufacturing tooling, 3D printing can be an invaluable resource, allowing them to quickly and inexpensively produce complex, custom tooling and easily replace tools when needed, reducing downtime on manufacturing lines.Learn More
¹Fiber™ uses unidirectional uAFP tape, widely considered as one of the highest performance structural materials available and similar to the industrial fiber materials used to manufacture advanced, high-performance parts in a variety of industries, such as aerospace.
²Pricing in US Dollars and may vary by region. Does not include taxes or shipping & handling fees.
³Based on published list prices of comparable industrial continuous fiber composite printers available as of 10.31.2019.
The uses depicted are actual uses by customers based on professionally designed parts using the Fiber™ printer. What you design, print, build, and use is your responsibility. Build responsibly.