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Desktop Metal

Process

1. Prep
Generate geometry, review loading conditions, and identify areas for reinforcement.

2. Reinforce
Selectively reinforce with continuous fiber μAFP tape along critical load paths

3. Print
Fiber utilizes a dual-deposition method to build parts layer-by-layer in both chopped fiber filament and continuous fiber µAFP tape.

4. Part anatomy
Parts printed on Fiber™ feature a chopped fiber shell and solid continuous fiber reinforcements.

Material Options

PEKK + Continuous Carbon Fiber (Fiber HT only): PEKK is characterized by its high tensile and compression strength, resistance to chemical abrasion, and ability to withstand high temperatures (above 250­­ °C). When reinforced with carbon fiber, resulting parts are exceptionally durable and well-suited for extreme environments.

PEEK + Continuous Carbon Fiber (Fiber HT only): PEEK is characterized by exceptional mechanical properties, high resistance to surface abrasion, and is inherently flame retardant. When combined with continuous carbon fiber, the resulting composite is strong, stiff, and boasts a high fatigue level—making it great for high-wear manufacturing jigs and fixtures.

Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Carbon Fiber: Desktop Metal’s PA6 nylon with carbon fiber reinforcement is safe for operations where ESD compliance is required. With a tensile strength 30x stronger than ABS, PA6 + CF is an excellent material for end-of-arm tooling, including those used in electronics manufacturing.

Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Fiberglass: Fiberglass-reinforced nylon is a low-cost material which renders lightweight, high-strength and corrosion-resistant parts—making it a great match for sporting goods applications where parts are exposed to the elements and have a low target cost per part.

 

System Features

Build size:
Fiber LT: 12.2 x 9.4 x 10.6 in (310 x 240 x 270 mm)
Fiber HT: 12.2 x 9.4 x 10.6 in (310 x 240 x 270 mm)

 

Layer height:
Fiber LT: 50 μm
Fiber HT: 50 μm

 

Compatible materials:
Fiber LT: PA6 + CF, PA6 + FG
Fiber HT: PEEK + CF, PEKK + CF, PA6 + CF, PA6 + FG

Reinforcement:
Fiber LT: Automated optimization
Fiber HT: Automated optimization; Custom, targeted reinforcement

 

Standard configuration:
Fiber LT: 1 FFF head, 1 μAFP head
Fiber HT: 2 FFF head, 1 μAFP head