Materials

Our printheads are developed to process a wide range of thermoplastic fiber reinforced materials. At CEAD we are continuously testing materials together with our clients and material suppliers. From high performance materials reinforced with carbon fibers to commodity materials reinforced with glass or natural fibers. We think it is vital to test these materials as each application has different requirements and therefore demands different material.

Use the search bar below to find a specific material. Click on a material’s name to find out more about this thermoplastic fiber reinforced material.

Materials Supplier Matrix Polymer Short Fiber Reinforced Fiber Material Grade Structure Fiber Percentage (mass) Price Datasheet
Dahltram S-150CF Airtech ABS Carbon Commodity Amourphous 20% €€ Download
PolyCore ASA-3012 Polymaker ASA Glass Engineering Amourphous 20% Download
AKROMID® B3 ICF 40 Akro Plastics PA6 Carbon Engineering Semi-Crystalline 40% Download
Dahltram C-250CF Airtech PC Carbon Engineering Amourphous 20% Download
PEEK 90CA30 Victrex PEEK Carbon High Performance Semi-Crystalline 30% Download
Dahltram I-350CF Airtech PEI Carbon High Performance Amourphous 20% Download
Electrafil PESU 1810 3DP Techamer PESU Carbon High Performance Amourphous 20% Download
Recycled PETG MCPP PETG Engineering Amourphous Download
Recycled Carbon-P MCPP PETG Carbon Engineering Amourphous 15% Download
PIPG 30% GF MCPP PIPG (Post Industrial PETG) Glass Engineering Amourphous 30% Download
PIPG 19%GF MCPP  PIPG (Post Industrial PETG) Glass Engineering Amourphous 19% Download
Formi 3D20/19 UPM PLA Cellulose Engineering Semi-Crystalline 20% Download
Addigy G6001 GF Covestro PP Glass Commodity Semi-Crystalline 30% Download
Basic Purge CEAD HDPE Commodity Semi-Crystalline 25% Download

Additional information material

Dahltram S-150CF

Key characteristics:

Good balance of mechanical properties for its price, bridging the gap between PP and Engineering polymers.

  • High surface hardness
  • High Impact resistance

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Maritime

PolyCore ASA-3012

Key characteristics:

ASA is developed as an alternative to ABS, but with some additional benefits, such as:

  • Better weather resistance, both chemical and uv
  • Better impact resistance
  • Reduced warpage

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Holding fixtures
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Civil
  • Maritime

AKROMID® B3 ICF 40

Key characteristics:

Nylon is known for its high strength, lightweight, and durable applications.

  • Very tough material
  • Low wear
  • Good chemical resistance against most solvents including weak alkalis

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil

Dahtral C-250CF

Key characteristics:

When ABS/PETG does not suit your needs and need a stronger material PC is the way to go, offering:

  • Better impact resistance
  • Higher stiffness and strength
  • Broad temperature range (-150 to 135 °C)

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Structural end parts
  • Medium temperature autoclave molds
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Maritime

PEEK 90CA30

Key characteristics:

A High-performance polymer that is used as a replacement for aluminum and other metals. 

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Excellent UV and Radiation resistance
  • Very high maximum service temperature
  • Inherently fire retardant
  • Higher strength to weight ratio than any metal

Common applications:

  • Structural end parts
  • High temperature autoclave tooling

Common Industries:

  • Aerospace

Dahltram I-350CF

Key characteristics:

Overall good material properties for a High-performance polymer but at a lower price compared to alternatives like PSU and PEEK. –

  • Excellent flame resistance

Common applications:

  • High-temperature autoclave tooling
  • Structural end parts

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Maritime

Electrafil PESU 1810 3DP

Key characteristics:

Ideal for high-temperature applications, combined with excellent mechanical properties and surface hardness.

Common applications:

  • High-temperature autoclave tooling
  • Structural end parts

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Maritime

Recycled PETG

Key characteristics:

Comparable mechanical performance to ABS but offers improved material handling for additive manufacturing processes (lower thermal expansion/material shrinkage).

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Maritime

Recycled Carbon-P

Key characteristics:

Comparable mechanical performance to ABS but offers improved material handling for additive manufacturing processes (lower thermal expansion/material shrinkage). Can also be applied for structural end-parts due to added carbon fibers.

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Maritime

PIPG 30% GF

Key characteristics:

Comparable mechanical performance to ABS but offers improved material handling for additive manufacturing processes (lower thermal expansion/material shrinkage).

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Maritime

PIPG 19% GF

Key characteristics:

Comparable mechanical performance to ABS but offers improved material handling for additive manufacturing processes (lower thermal expansion/material shrinkage).

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Maritime

Formi 3D20/19

Key characteristics:

Similar in properties to PP. PLA is a great choice if circularity is an important factor as its primarily derived from renewable resources like maize and corn.

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Civil
  • Maritime

Addigy G6001 GF

Key characteristics:

Low-cost plastic with good mechanical performance. Often used as a cheaper alternative to ABS and PA. Its relatively low melting temperature makes it less useful in medium/high-temperature environments.

Common applications:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Non-structural end parts
  • Trim tools
  • Holding fixtures

Common Industries:

  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Maritime

Basic Purge

Key characteristics:

Can be extruded at a broad temperature range which makes it excellent for cleaning the barrel.

Common applications:

  • Cleaning the barrel