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Topic: Printing with kevlar

Just a what if sort of idea.  Does anyone know if it would be possible to print with a high strength filament like kevlar or spectra?  If it were possible we could make pieces to work in cars or other places that needed high strength.

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Re: Printing with kevlar

There is no melting point of Kevlar, there are 3d printing technologies that can print in metal already.

I think the heat required to melt the steel would melt everything else on the SD though unfortunately.

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Re: Printing with kevlar

Doesn't the metal 3d printing technique used actually print using a binding agent and very small pieces of metal, then you have to bake it at the end? At least thats what impression I was under.

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Re: Printing with kevlar

They use metal powder and the "printing" is a binder the hardens each layer.  Then you have to cure it in an oven, add it to another metal bath to infuse the metal and finish it. 

In other words, it's expensive and only makes sense for highly 3d odd shapes that are difficult or impossible to machine.

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Re: Printing with kevlar

cmetzel wrote:

They use metal powder and the "printing" is a binder the hardens each layer.  Then you have to cure it in an oven, add it to another metal bath to infuse the metal and finish it. 

In other words, it's expensive and only makes sense for highly 3d odd shapes that are difficult or impossible to machine.

This.

The closest I have seen to high strength objects is a few prints with Polycarbonate. Polycarbonate creates lung burning fumes, and probably should not be tried.

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Re: Printing with kevlar

I dunno what this is, or works to print with but here it goes:

http://www.repraper.com/goods.php?id=172

I have actually ordered a roll and can get back to how it turns out when finished. If it hasn´t created lung burning fumes so both me and the dog is no more ... smile

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Re: Printing with kevlar

Rondavouz wrote:

I dunno what this is, or works to print with but here it goes:

http://www.repraper.com/goods.php?id=172

I have actually ordered a roll and can get back to how it turns out when finished. If it hasn´t created lung burning fumes so both me and the dog is no more ... smile

fascinating - what do you intend to use it for?

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Re: Printing with kevlar

For metals, you can do "sintering" with medium power laser powder systems. It's pretty cool you can find more info online. but only practical for very hard to CNC objects.

I wonder if you can use that conductive ABS and then add a relatively thick electroplated layer of nickel or something.

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Brad there is actually 2 techniques for metal printing 1 involves the sintering proces using the binder and metal particles then there are 2 others called direct metal deposition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZxLko4XrJM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLndYWw5 … re=related

the 1st is using titatium