Carbon prepreg filaments for 3D printing high performance parts
There has been an extensive growth in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, over the past couple of years. At the moment, pure polymers are mainly used for manufacturing parts and they yield low strength and stiffness, not suitable for load-bearing products. The use of carbon fiber composites in 3D printing can significantly improve structural properties. Currently, there is no commercial 3D printing head capable of printing with carbon fiber prepreg filaments. A 3D printing head will be custom-built to accept these filaments and produce parts with high strength. If this project is successfully completed, Teijin Carbon can bring high performance materials to the 3D printing market. Canadian companies involved in 3D printing will benefit from this material and can manufacture structural parts to be used across wide range of industries. Aerospace, automotive, oil and gas are some examples.