3D Print Aerospace-Grade Composites from your Desktop

In this white paper you can learn how the Desktop Metal Fiber™ system is transforming the way carbon-fiber reinforced parts are manufactured with an innovative tool-changing 3D print platform, the range of available materials and how Fiber™ can benefit manufacturers of all sizes.

With the ability to print industrial-grade composites featuring continuous fiber tape reinforcement, Fiber™ combines the exceptional performance of continuous fiber with the ease of FFF printing to produce high-performance parts that are stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and can operate continuously in the toughest environments up to 250 ºC.

Fiber Applications

For composite manufacturers who still rely on the slow, laborious process of hand layup, Fiber™ translates into lower lead times and faster turnaround as well as the ability to produce more complex – and more affordable – parts. Among the ways manufactures can use the Fiber™ platform:

  • Mold Tools: Traditional mold tools are heavy, expensive to make, require long lead time and exhibit high thermal expansion. Composite tools, however, can dramatically reduce tooling costs and show little thermal expansion.
  • Assembly Fixtures: Traditional fixtures require long lead times and are expensive to produce. Custom, 3D printed fixtures can be quickly produced to assemble components at less cost.
  • End-use Parts: Composites are ideal materials for items like sporting goods – bicycle components, tennis racquets and golf clubs, as well as covers, structural beams and plates, brackets, clips, fins and blades and dozens of other end-use parts.
  • Prototypes: By enabling rapid iteration on prototypes, engineers can test multiple designs before finalizing a part design and investing in tooling.
  • Machining Fixtures: Used to securely locate and support workpieces during machining operations, fixtures can be custom-printed for each part.
  • Robotic End Effectors: Custom designed small, flexible robots with limited payload capacity, end effectors must be lightweight, but stiff and strong enough to carry loads. If a particular application involves handling circuit boards, the devices must also be ESD-compliant.
  • Drones/Rockets/Cubesats, etc.: For small aerospace structures where weight is critical to performance, Fiber™ can help companies iterate on designs and create functional prototypes of a wide array of components.

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