Makerbot has announced new additions to its Method range of 3D printers that can now print carbon fibre reinforced nylon that is optimized for high strength and heat resistance.
The Method printers use the Fused Deposition Modelling approach and are available in two versions – the standard Method and the Method X, which has a higher temperature chamber and so can print to a wider range of materials. The new Method Carbon Fibre Editions are available in both Standard and Method X versions.
The main advantage of the new models is that they come with a new composite extruder that is optimized to handle abrasive materials. This extruder has hardened metal drive gears, a metal filament switch, and an interchangeable hardened steel nozzle. The result is that it can print MakerBot’s new nylon carbon fibre material as well as all the other materials that the Method printers can handle. This extruder is also available as an upgrade for existing Method printers.
Carbon fibre has strong thermal and mechanical properties and offers a lightweight alternative to metal for structural applications. It is frequently used in manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace industries for producing items such as vehicular brackets and inspection gauges, manufacturing tools such as robotic end effectors, and under-hood applications. So this new material should help to open up the Method platform further.
Nadav Goshen, president and CEO of MakerBot, commented: “Nylon carbon fibre is one of the most in-demand and exciting classes of materials. Its high strength, heat resistance, and stiffness properties make it ideal for printing metal replacement parts, helping reduce costs and increase overall efficiency for companies.”
It’s also worth noting that Makerbot recently introduced its Labs extruder to allow users to work with materials from other vendors on the Method printers. The new Method Carbon Fribre editions are available to order now and should ship shortly, with prices starting at £4499 for the standard Method. You can find further details from makerbot.com.