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Moving continuous-fiber 3D printing into production

Moving continuous-fiber 3D printing into production

Written by David

March 1, 2019

Continuous fiber and hybrid applications: mini-drone frame 9T Labs’ CarbonKit extends existing 3D printer capabilities to continuous carbon fiber applications. A sampling of components includes an 8-centimeter diameter mini-drone frame consisting of neat polymer interior with carbon fiber-reinforced face sheets. Source | 9T Labs For an industry accustomed to years-long (if not decades-long) development cycles for new components, composites fabricators may find the timeline for a bicycle frame at Arevo (Milpitas, Calif., U.S.) quite remarkable. Wiener Mondesir, Arevo chief technical officer, reports that the company rolled out a demonstrator frame made from continuous carbon fiber/polyetheretherketone (PEEK) in May 2018; was approached by every major U.S. bicycle OEM shortly after; and launched into bike frame production in its new 20,000-square-foot facility in February 2019 — a span of just nine months. The bicycle industry is perhaps even more astounded: an Arevo frame for a battery-assisted “ebike” advanced from design to […]

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