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Nozzles That Last 67x Longer

by • May 9, 2016 • No Comments

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Advancements in filament materials are swiftly moving the 3D printing industry forward, but just if we can store up.

More makers and companies are via high performance materials such as metallic, glass fiber, and carbon fiber filaments in their specific applications to complete new levels of performance. One example is 3DXTech, which is pushing the boundaries of engineering grade materials, offering carbon-fiber grades of ABS, Nylon, PETG, and PEEK for industrial and end-use applications. Others, like Markforged, are printing with continuous fibers of carbon, glass, or Kevlar which can be utilized in demanding applications such as industrial tooling jigs and actually steering knuckles.Carbon filament is widely utilized in swift-growing drone segment and anywhere else which lightweight, high-strength, swift-turn parts are in demand.

Unfortunately, this performance comes at a cost: swift erosion and wear on the nozzle orifice and tip, which leads to changing extrusion diameters and reduces the high end of prints. This in addition means buying extra
nozzles and swapping them extra
often, wasting time and money.

Nozzles

The solution appears simple: extra
durable nozzles. But the marketplace was empty. So Performance 3-d engineered a line of super complex wear-resistant nozzles and challenged Gearswitch to put them through the paces.

3D printing tremendous Ryan Carag of Gearswitch prints a variety of products, and in particular has printed hundreds of his sleek center console cup holder.

Console Cup Holder

Making use of high-high end carbon fiber ABS filament, Carag was swift to spot nozzle issues, with a few brass nozzles wearing down in as little as 100-200g.

“The CF-R ABS can eat through a normal brass nozzle, as many printing devices are equipped with, in 250g or less,” he said. “I’ve seen it as bad as 125g preceding I may put a 0.5mm bit through a 0.4mm nozzle.”

Nozzle Failure

After experiencing extensive nozzle failures (such as the one pictured above), Carag began testing out Performance 3-d Duraplat3-d™ nozzles, machined of A2 tool steel, heat treated to increase complexness and coated for low-friction.

The testing discovered the P3-d Hercules nozzle to be the many durable, printing over 10,000 grams. This is 67x extra
wear-resistant than standard brass nozzles.

“Knowing the nozzles may store on going quite removed a lot of the anxiety which’s endemic to making with a tiny print farm,” Carag shared.

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Carag in addition discovered an extra
benefit: “The reduced require to level the create plate has opened up the ability to complete a fewthing we’ve been wanting to do with our setup: full automation.”

Durable, reliable nozzles provide the freedom to print with any filament and the knowledge which they can go on to perform, enabling digital manufacturers and enthusiasts to focus on printing new products.

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