colorFabb is now an official partner of LEHVOSS Group and will begin with the release of a new PA-CF Low Warp, a carbon fiber infused polyamide material, which has the mechanical properties of a PA6 and excellent printability because of extremely low warp properties. Advanced and composite polymers for professional use are beginning to attract larger segments of the market and the Dutch company clearly wants in on it.
Active since 2013 colorFabb has established itself as a market leader through the release of innovative materials, high-quality production, and strategic partnerships. ColorFabb 3D printing filaments are distributed through a network of distributors and resellers and are used around the world in various applications. LEHVOSS is a group of companies that develops, produces and markets chemical and mineral specialties for various industrial clients. Lehmann&Voss&Co., in Hamburg Germany, was founded in 1894. Its LUVOCOM high-performance compounds, as well as the 3D printing materials LUVOSINT and LUVOCOM 3F, extend the range of functional applications for plastics. The materials with exactly defined properties are based on almost all available thermoplastics and are tailor-made to individual customer requirements.
“The ability to print engineering level materials on a desktop 3D printer is very exciting. In most cases engineering materials can be very challenging to print, but what we’ve seen from our tests on several popular 3D printers is that the PA-CF Low Warp has excellent properties and can even be printed without warping on a build plate at ambient temperature. This is huge value for a material which is known to be difficult to print.”, said Ruud Rouleaux, director at colorFabb B.V.
The new filament will provide low warp, high strength, and high-temperature resistance. A highly functional filament for the professional usercan be printed on desktop FFF 3D printers, which have a temperature range of at least 260°C on the hot-end and the ability to mount an abrasive resistant nozzle. PA-CF Low Warp excels in tensile and impact strength and allows continues use at 120°C while retaining sufficient properties for the intended application. The formulation has been modified to reduce uptake of moisture and it also takes about 4 times longer to reach the saturation point compared to unmodified PA6. This makes PA-CF Low Warp less affected by moisture then most other nylon filaments available in the market.
“We are excited that colorFabb have chosen our materials for their high-performance PA filaments. With our product line LUVOCOM 3F for extrusion based 3D printing we are focusing in high-performance applications. Our materials enable 3D printing to be used not only for the traditional prototyping applications but also for functional parts and series production. Having an improved layer adhesion and reduced warping, coupled with the high-quality filament technology of colorFabb, makes the whole process reliable and repeatable.” said Thiago Medeiros Araujo, Market Development 3D Printing at LEHVOSS Group.