AON3D Readyprint™ carbon fiber ABS is a composite filament of ABS and chopped carbon fibers. Compared to standard ABS, carbon fiber ABS’s main advantages are minimum shrinkage, good dimensional stability while printing, higher tensile strength, and tensile modulus. Carbon fiber ABS is a versatile material, suited to printing with a full range of nozzle sizes to meet a wide variety of mechanical properties, surface finish, and productivity requirements.
Printing Difficulty: Easy/Beginner
Readyprint™ carbon fiber ABS can be purchased from AON3D directly by contacting email@example.com.
Readyprint™ carbon fiber ABS is factory pre-dried and should be installed in the Filament Dry Storage and Feed System prior to printing to prevent moisture uptake and minimize the impact of moisture on the printing process. In ambient air, carbon fiber ABS is mildly susceptible to hydration. It will generally remain printable, but surface finish and seam quality will suffer after prolonged exposure.
If the filament is hydrated, dry filament at 80ºC for 2-4 hours in a convection oven. Ensure drying equipment respects our site requirements to ensure adequate drying performance is achieved. Store filament in air-tight bags or containers alongside silica or zeolite desiccant. Be sure to replace desiccant regularly as its moisture capture ability is exhausted.
For more information, see the Filament Drying and Moisture Control page.
For instructions on how to inspect the AON3D build plates, refer to the Clean Build Platform and Build Chamber procedure for AON M2+ or the Inspect and Clean Build Plates procedure for AON-M2 and AON-M2 2020.
Carbon fiber ABS prints best on the PEI build sheet as it exhibits great adhesion behavior at moderate cost and improved durability over PC sheets. The PEI film is sensitive to Z offset calibration and thermal stability of the printer system. For best results, ensure that the machine has reached thermal equilibrium before calibrating. If the bed-to-nozzle distance is too small, or the first layer is too hot, the part may be difficult to remove without damaging the part and/or build sheet.
Carbon fiber ABS prints well on the Garolite G-10 build sheet due to strong adhesion behavior while at recommended bed temperatures and clean removal once the build sheet is cooled down. The G-10 surface is sensitive to Z offset calibration and scratches or scuffs on the surface. For the best results, use a lower first layer speed, a higher the first layer extrusion temperature, and remove the parts gently after prints are complete to minimize damage on the build surface.
Carbon fiber ABS prints well on CF-PEEK Composite Plate build sheet as it exhibits great adhesion behavior while hot and clean removal after cooling down. The CF-PEEK composite plate is sensitive to Z offset calibration and thermal stability of the printer system. For best results, reduce the First Layer Speed, increase the first layer extrusion temperature, or increase bed temperature.
Caution: First layer extrusion temperatures in excess of 280ºC or elevated bed temperature selections can cause parts to permanently weld to the print surface.
For best results, process settings should be adjusted based on a particular model geometry. If you require process development support, our Applications Engineering team can help! Send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to consult with one of our Additive Manufacturing Specialists.
|Print Speed||50-70 mm/s|
|Nozzle Size||0.25-1.20 mm|
|Preferred Build Platform||PEI Build Sheet|
Composite material filaments are abrasive.
AON3D recommends using a Extruder Pro and a tungsten carbide nozzle to improve surface finish and reduce component wear. Contact the Customer Success team at email@example.com to order the assembly.
Dual Extrusion Profiles and Standard Geometries for Readyprint™ carbon fiber ABS coming soon.
All AON3D-validated materials are available in the SuperSlicer configuration bundle. Refer to SuperSlicer Installation and Update to install and update the SuperSlicer software.
Simplify3D® sample profiles for Readyprint™ carbon fiber ABS are available in the Downloadable Assets section.
Allow all machine components to reach room temperature before proceeding further. Failure to allow components to cool down will result in thermal injury (burns) to personnel.
Parts removed before reaching room temperature have a chance of globally warping.
Carbon fiber ABS is well suited for high-productivity applications. With appropriate nozzle size and layer height selection, carbon fiber ABS can be printed at tools speeds of up to 80 mm/s.
Key best practices to consider when selecting higher print speeds: