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AdvancedTek AE Pro Tips: New Stratasys ABS-CF10 FDM Material for the F123 Series

April 16, 2021 News

In April 2021 Stratsys released ABS-CF10, a brand new material for their F123 Series printers (F170, F270, and F370). The F123 series printers are the most popular Stratasys FDM systems on the market and can be found across design, engineering, and manufacturing locations all around the world. The F123 Series is increasingly popular in manufacturing environments, and the ABS-CF10 now gives owners a composite 3D printing material consisting of ABS with 10% chopped carbon fiber, suited for more demanding applications requiring higher strength and rigidity.   

The new material is 15% stronger (Ultimate Tensile Strength) and 50% stiffer (Flexural Modulus) than the standard ABS material.  It’s also less sensitive to moisture compared to many Nylon based filaments while maintaining a high strength-to-weight ratio. 

ABS-CF10 Pipe Weld FixtureThis combination of material properties makes ABS-CF10 well suited for many manufacturing applications such as:

  • drill guides,               
  • locating fixtures,
  • Inspection fixtures,       
  • robotic end effectors,
  • assembly fixtures,
  • and sand casting masters.

 

Material Specifics

Printer Compatibility: 
ABS-CF10 is available in black and is compatible with the following Stratasys 3D printers:

To be able to run ABS-CF10  on your F123 Series printer, simply order the material (part no. 333-90310) and the recommended dedicated Print Head (part no. 123-00601-S). No on-site or paid upgrade required!

Dedicated Print Head:
Since ABS-CF10 is more abrasive than standard ABS, we recommend using the new dedicated print head that is calibrated specifically for the material.  You can technically run ABS-CF10 through the standard F123 print head; however, it will cause the life of the print head to decrease faster than it is calibrated for.

Soluble Support:
ABS-CF10 utilizes the same QSR Soluble Support available on the F123 series.  Soluble support helps mitigate challenges associated with manually breaking off support material, allowing you more design freedom without having to worry about support removal. 

Print Resolution: 
ABS-CF10 prints in 3 different layer slices; 0.007”, 0.010”, and 0.013”, allowing users to print parts with fine details and parts with larger geometries.  At AdvancedTek we’ve noticed an exceptional surface finish on top surfaces and sidewalls of ABS-CF10 parts we’ve printed in-house.  

ABS-CF10 Top Surface Quality at .010” Slice Height

ABS-CF10 vertical wall at .010” Slice Height

 

When we received our first shipment of ABS-CF10 a few weeks ago, my colleagues and I had fun (non-scientifically) comparing ABS to ABS-CF10. Watch the video below to see one of these comparisons.

ABS-CF10 is a great new tool that allows F123 Series users to print parts with higher strength and stiffness requirements, all with the familiar ease of use from a Stratasys F123 printer and soluble support. Since Stratasys released the F123 Series back in 2017, they have continually innovated and expanded the material capability of these systems, adding extraordinary value to their owners. 

Written by David Kadlec, AdvancedTek Application Engineer

Posted by Heather Adams