Lime Lingo: Composite 3D Printing

3D printing is getting better all the time. Composite 3D printing is the next big step, another way for you to create prototypes and products with composite materials, like carbon fiber,  fiberglass,  Kevlar and thermoplastics such as Nylon.

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What is Composite 3D Printing?

Composite 3D printing comprised of a main thermoset plastic such as Nylon which recieves an internal core made out of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. This allows for super strong and testable parts that weren’t possible before with 3D printing.

With the advent of composite material printing, 3D printing techniques get a boost from stronger, more complex or resilient materials that can be used to create a wider range of innovations.

Some, like New York Times best-selling economist Jeremy Rifkin (and us!), consider 3D printing the start of the Third Industrial Revolution. The first Industrial Revolution was in the early 1800s, and the second was in the 1900s.

So we’re definitely on time for a new revolution. Composite 3D printing is it.

How Does Composite 3D Printing Work?

First, our team of Industrial designers and engineers create the 3D CAD file.  Our team is proficient in both Solidworks and Autodesk Fusion360 CAD packages.

Our team is then able to control the quantity and type of composite that is embedded into the Nylon plastic fill.

3D printing works by binding multiple layers of a material together in the shape of a product or other object.

How Does Composite 3D Printing Change Things?

Leading enterprises are already using composite 3D printing to develop cutting-edge products.

The products allow rapid technological advances, like a recent breakthrough in aerospace-grade, carbon fiber parts or new partnerships in auto manufacture.

For example, MarkForged just introduced an exciting feature during a 3-D design software update that pairs with its printers.

With its new internal concentric fiber reinforcement, studios like Lime have more versatility when it comes to product strength and flexibility, because your product walls and shells are reinforced by parallel strands of fiber, while reducing overall fiber usage and the associated costs. The result is deeper, renewed focus on product structure and function.

Composite materials are exciting in the world of product development, because they allow us to satisfy a new range of product demands for business partners and inventors:

  • Tight tolerances
  • Electrostatic dissipation
  • Translucence
  • Biocompatibility
  • High Flammability standards
  • Specific industry ratings
  • Thin wall plastic parts

 

Not sure where to start?  Contact us to learn about our newest 3D composite printers and to see how we can help you start developing your product!

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