Carbon Fiber 3D Printing Made Simple
The E2CF is an IDEX 3D printer optimized for 3D printing carbon fiber reinforced filaments. This desktop 3D printer is excellent for manufacturing, prototyping, and more.
Carbon fiber reinforced filament has low density, high strength, and it is resistant to corrosion, static electricity, and high temperature. It has potential for a wide range of applications within industries that need considerable strength-to-weight ratio in their solutions, such as the aviation industry and the automotive world. The E2CF is durable, user-friendly, and stable while in operation, delivering accurate prints.
Nozzles with High Durability
The new silicon carbide nozzles have excellent wear resistance and thermal conductivity, which will effectively lessen the abrasion the carbon fiber composite filament subjects the nozzle to when printing, making the nozzle more durable.
*Nozzles made of other materials suitable for printing carbon fiber filaments will be launched in the future.
Dual Direct Drive Extrusion System
The gears are made of high-hardness steel and have been heat-treated for better wear resistance.
With a custom gear tooth profile, filament is firmly held in place to ensure that it does not slip when extruding. The force of the system is enhanced to ensure the stability of printing.
Engineered for Printing Carbon Fiber Reinforced Filament
The E2CF pairs perfectly with Raise3D’s Industrial PA12 CF Filament and its support material. In the future, more carbon fiber reinforced filaments will be available for the E2CF, such as Raise3D’s PPA CF, PET CF, PPS CF (with a printing temperature of between 280-300ºC). Also, third-party filaments certified by the Raise3D Open Filament Program, such as BASF and LEHVOSS, will be available to the E2CF later.
*E2CF only supports authorized filaments and printing profiles. For the full list, please check the tech data sheet or contact Raise3D.
Raise3D Industrial PA12 CF Support Filament
The Raise3D Industrial PA12 CF Filament is reinforced with short carbon fibers, and exhibits excellent rigidity and strength, heat resistance, low warpage, and low water absorption. Meanwhile, this material has an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio, and will obtain enhanced mechanical property and dimensional stability after annealing, which makes it suitable to replace metal in the manufacturing of certain lightweight components.
Raise3D Industrial PA12 CF Support Filament is a break-away support material specially developed for carbon fiber reinforced composite filaments. During the 3D printing process, it creates a stable support structure, providing proper adhesion to printed surfaces and counteracting any tendency to warp. As such, it significantly improves the surface quality of the overhangs and hollows of the printed items. After a print is finished, the support structure can be easily removed or broken away from the printed parts. This support material exhibits a broad compatibility with many high-performance carbon fiber reinforced composite filaments, and is more cost-effective when compared with water-soluble support material.
Raise3D Filament Dry Box
The built-in suspension trays are used to place the filament and allow material to be pulled more smoothly. When closed, they can effectively prevent dust and moisture from affecting the material, for a period of up to 30 days*.
*From Raise3D test data.
Carbon fiber composite materials have many applications, including functional prototypes, aerospace, automotive, medical, sports equipment, civil engineering, electronics, and other fields. It also has the further potential for a variety of uses, such as fixtures in a mechanical workshop, prosthetics, and customized bicycle frames.
What features make the E2CF a good desktop 3D printer?
What is IDEX? Why is IDEX important?
The E2CF is an IDEX 3D printer. IDEX stands for independent dual extruders meaning the extruders can operate independently of one another along the same axis during printing to perform more advanced functions.
With IDEX, one extruder can remain motionless and off to the side while the second extruder prints the model, minimizing the risk of the nozzle on the motionless extruder interfering with the print job during dual or single extrusion printing.
What are Mirror Mode and Duplication Mode? Why are these functions important?
IDEX can perform two specialized functions, Mirror Mode and Duplication Mode.
Mirror Mode prints a model and an inverse of that same model at the same time. It is convenient because it saves the effort of creating an additional design file for the inverse model, and it saves the extra time usually spent printing the inverse model separately.
Duplication Mode is synchronized printing, meaning it uses both extruders to print a model and an exact copy of that model at the same time. It can double production capability within the same timeframe.
What are other convenient features of the E2CF? And why are they important?
Easy Swap Print Heads are a convenient feature of the E2CF. These print heads are easy to remove, making it easy to swap out a print head for another print head. There are a variety of reasons why swapping print heads is necessary, such as using a different print head with a different nozzle.
Any spare Easy Swap Print Heads can easily be prepared with hardened nozzles, and nozzles at different sizes, such as 0.4, 0.6, and 0.8 nozzles to swap in a few steps and get back to printing.