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Black Carbon Fiber Composite HTPLA
Regular price$239.95 USD
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Proto-pasta Carbon Fiber Composite HTPLA is a combination of milled carbon fibers & high-performance PLA. Resulting 3D printed prototypes & end-use parts are characterized by exceptionally form stability up to 160 deg C (320 deg F) when heat treated.
Base material: Heat treatable PLA with higher temperature resistance
3kg spools are 1kg weight & 30 cm dia x 10 cm wide w/ 5 cm opening - return spools for re-use
Unpacking, handling, & storage:
Hold filament end when unwrapping spool to avoid looping
Do not bend tighter than min bend diameter
When done printing, secure filament end to avoid looping
Store in cool, dry place away from UV light for peak performance
Clean print surface with alcohol or water using adhesion aid if required
Carefully control first layer gap for adhesion without jamming
Print within volume flow range to ensure full melting of material
Nozzle diameter limited by volume flow limits & max particle size
Layer thickness limited by volume flow limits & max particle size
Speed limited by volume flow limits & nozzle temperature
Adjust extrusion multiplier or flow as required for accurate extrusion width
Replace nozzle when worn
Max layer fan after 1st layer for best surface quality w/ short layer times
Isolate/insulate heater block from layer fan for consistent heating
More about HTPLA & heat treating:
HTPLA is a semi-crystalline grade of PLA optimized for heat treating (also known as annealing or crystallizing) for higher temperature use. Without heat treating, "as printed" amorphous PLA loses significant stiffness (and the thus the ability to retain form) as the material approaches it's relatively low glass transition temperature. Heat treating creates a more crystalline molecular structure for maintaining stiffness to near melting, thus extending the useful range of HTPLA, but also creates shrinkage. HTPLA parts should be scaled in slicer to compensate for shrinkage when heat treating.