Composite Materials for 3D Printing

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BigRep Composite 3D Printer Materials

Composite parts are reliable enough for every stage in your production cycle and robust enough to replace machined metal parts.


PET-CF (carbon fiber reinforced)

BigRep's PET-CF is an engineering-grade filament for high-strength additive manufacturing applications. With exceptional dimensional stability and low moisture absorption, it's the perfect material for printing in industrial environments. Capable of producing exceptionally strong, stiff parts with a fine surface finish and heat resistance up to 100 °C, this material is ideal for functional, performance applications.

  • Strong and stiff parts
  • High dimensional stability
  • Excellent surface finish
  • Heat resistant up to 100 °C
  • Low moisture absorption

PA6/66 (light-weight and resistant)

It is a light-weight thermoplastic material with high rigidity, and has high resistance to heat and chemicals. Its high compatibility with machining and mechanical strength make it an excellent candidate for most industrial applications, especially in the automotive and aerospace sectors.

  • Heat Resistance up to 180° C
  • Chemical Resistance
  • High Mechanical Strength
  • Low-Weight Products
  • Easily Machined

HI TEMP (high-temperature resistant)

Th 3D printer filament is resistant to high temperatures, maintaining a constant resistance up to 160 °C with minimal warping. With such high heat resistance and an appealing matte surface finish, Hi-Temp filament is the choice for functional prototyping, household appliances, electrical casings, and as an end-use material for low-scale production or custom jigs and fixtures.

  • Heat Resistance up to 160 °C
  • Low Warping and Shrinkage
  • Environmentally Friendly Thermoplastic
  • Appealing Matte Finish
  • Food Safe


PLAANTIBACTERIA (antimicrobial bio polymer)

PLA Antibacteria (Poly-Lactic Acid) is a general-use thermoplastic material for open-environment 3D printing. It provides lasting antimicrobial protection against a variety of bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and algae fungus.

  • Lifelong antimicrobial properties (bacteriostatic)
  • Highly versatile properties
  • Low warping and shrinkage
  • Sustainable biopolymer
  • Food safe conform


HI-TEMP CF (high temperature carbon fibre)

BigRep's HI-TEMP CF is a high-strength and heat-resistant engineering-grade filament. Highly stiff and incredibly durable, the material effectively maintains its form under high heat conditions. Ideal for the thermoforming process, HI-TEMP CF is the perfect match for the production of patterns and molds.

  • Stiff and durable parts
  • Lightweight
  • Heat resistant up to 115 °C
  • Class A surface finish
  • Low moisture absorption

 

BVOH (advanced water-soluble support)

BigRep's BVOH support material is an ecologically friendly advanced water-soluble filament that eliminates post-processing for 3D printed parts. Created for use with dual-extruder printers, BVOH can be used in tandem with any other material to provide efficient support.

  • Water-soluble
  • Supports heavy prints
  • Nontoxic
  • Odorless

 

PVA (water-soluble support)

BigRep PVA is a water-soluble support filament, ideal for printing complex, ready-to-use prototypes. It is commonly used in printers with dual-extruders to provide support for objects with overhang or those with complex geometries, for which 3D printing is the only method to produce in one piece.

  • Water-soluble synthetic polymer
  • Nontoxic
  • Odorless
  • Extrudes best between 190°C and 200°C
  • Optimized for improved melt flow characteristics
  • Needs to be dried
  • High tensile strength to support heavy prints

 

PLA (affordable and versatile)

BigRep PLA is an easy-to-use filament optimized for producing prototypes and pattern making, for end-use parts to the wide range of tooling applications

  • High level of strength
  • Extrudes very well between 190°C and 225°C
  • Low moisture absorption
  • Low warping
  • Naturally transparent (colors available)
  • Reduced environmental impact

ABS (versatile and impact-resistant)

BigRep's ABS material is a classic FFF filament that enables the production of a wide variety of products in large-format additive manufacturing. A familiar automotive manufacturing material now specialized for industrial AM, BigRep ABS is a high-strength filament suitable for mobility and a variety of white-goods and consumer appliances.

  • High impact strength
  • Excellent adhesion
  • Minimal warping
  • High heat resistance
  • Easy post-processing

ASA (weather and UV-resistant)

ASA is an engineering-grade UV-resistant filament for high-strength and environmentally exposed applications. Designed for industrial and end-use parts, ASA is a strong material with high mechanical resistance, low shrinkage and superior layer adhesion. It is highly suited to applications in automotive, sporting goods, white goods and consumer appliances.

  • High impact strength
  • High weather and UV resistance
  • Minimal shrinkage
  • High heat resistance
  • Easy post-processing


CONCRETE FORMWORK (advanced casting)

BigRep Concrete Formwork is an engineering-grade filament that is made for high quality formwork with a smooth surface and high geometrical accuracy. With exceptional dimensional stability and low moisture absorption, it's the perfect match for printing complex geometries for casting. With its stiffness and heat resistance above 100 °C, Concrete Formwork is ideal for functional, performance applications.

  • High geometrical accuracy
  • High dimensional stability
  • Excellent surface finish
  • Heat resistant > 100 °C
  • Low moisture absorption


PLAULTRALIGHT (ultralight and malleable foam)

PLA Ultralight (Poly-Lactic Acid) is a a general-use bio performance thermoplastic for open-environment 3D printing. It's a filament with an open cell structure that results in a spongy texture when printed. Due to this quality, layers are barely visible on the smooth printed surface and the material can be easily sanded, cut, and otherwise shaped as needed

  • 50-60% lighter than standard PLA
  • Easily malleable for post processing
  • Variable weight and strength potential
  • Sustainable bio polymer

PLX (fast and reliable)

BigRep's PLX filament is a PLA-derived, general-use bio performance material for open-environment 3D printing. An innovative and robust thermoplastic filament, PLX can print up to 80% faster than a standard PLA material with no modification to the 3D printer at a strength that exceeds the typical mechanical properties of even ABS-printed parts.

  • Up to 80% faster extrusion throughput
  • Versatile for fine surface finishes
  • Consistent quality results
  • Environmentally friendly thermoplastic

 

PRO HT (easy printing and support removal)

With a softening resistance up to 115 °C, it has a significant increase in temperature resistance compared to the average PLA; making it ideal for practical, end-use applications.

  • Heat resistance up to 115 °C
  • Low warping and shrinkage
  • Easy printing and support removal
  • Environmentally Friendly Thermoplastic
  • Food Safe
  • Matte Finish


PETG (durable and impact-resistant)

BigRep PETG is ideal for 3D printing projects requiring strength, toughness and thermal resistance in a filament. 

  • High printing speed
  • Thermal resistant
  • Extrudes between 190-240°C
  • Minimal shrinkage and warping effect
  • Strong first-layer adhesion to heated print bed
  • Odorless

 

 

 

 

TPU (flexible material with engineering properties)

BigRep TPU filament opens up a wealth of possibilities for manufacturing and customers. BigRep is proud to include this material innovation in its range, which is a first for the large-scale 3D printing industry globally. 

  • Flexible (Shore 98 A)
  • Temperature resistance up to 100°C
  • Very high-impact strength
  • UV resistant
  • Durable, with excellent damping behavior
  • Dynamic properties
  • Chemical resistant (for wide range of chemicals)

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