CarbonX™ Carbon Fiber PA12 is made using high-modulus carbon fiber and a specialty Nylon 12 (PA12) that we chose for it’s printability, thermal properties, and chemical resistance. PA12 is widely used in a variety of industries due to its excellent chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, and wide processing window. 3DX’s formulation ensures very low shrinkage in the printed part resulting in excellent dimensional stability. This makes CF-PA12 an excellent choice for tools, fixtures, and jigs.
If you have a dual extruder, the AquaTek® X1 Water Soluble Support works great with CarbonX™ CF-Nylon 12 and allows you to print parts with complex geometries and then dissolve away the support in warm water.
Product Attributes Include:
- High thermal properties: 150°C HDT @ 0.45MPa [137°C HDT @ 1.8MPa]
- Excellent strength and stiffness over a wide temperature range – up to 150°C
- Continuous Use Temp (10,000 Hrs) of 120°C
- Very low moisture absorption = improved retention of mechanical properties after exposure to humidity
- Superior chemical resistance compared to PA6 type nylons
- Low shrink & warp = excellent dimensional stability
- Low density is ideal for light-weight parts – 1.16g/cc
Recommended Print Conditions:
- Extruder: 265-285°C, potentially higher depending on printer
- Bed Temp: 90-110°C [heated bed required]
- Bed Prep: 3Dlac spray
- Layer Height: Ideal layer height is 60% of nozzle diameter. We do not recommend printing layers below 0.25mm with carbon fiber grades. Lower than 0.25mm may create too much back pressure in the hot end and result in poor feeding, jams, drive gear clicking, and eating a notch into the filament.
- Moisture & Filament Storage: PA12 absorbs less moisture than standard PA6-based materials (PA6, PA6/66, PA6/69), but it still absorbs moisture and must be dry before printing. Keep in sealed container between uses and dry at 90c for 4-6 hours if filament does become exposed to moisture and it becomes too wet to print.