Since the 1970s, carbon fiber has been used as a comparatively inexpensive replacement for metals like titanium, due to its high strength-to-weight ratio and stiffness. For that reason, finding a way to 3D print with carbon fiber and other reinforcement materials has become the goal of a number of startups and established manufacturers in the additive manufacturing space.
Markforged was the first to bring continuous carbon fiber to 3D printing with the MarkOne 3D printer. We’ll take a look at this wonder material in a brief series that tracks the roots and lifecycle of carbon fiber, how it is used in manufacturing and the ways that it has woven its way into 3D printing.
To understand how and why carbon fiber reinforcement is used in 3D printing, it helps to know how it is used in traditional manufacturing and the way carbon fiber parts are made. Carbon Fiber in […]
Above: PepsiCo food, snack, and beverage product line-up/Source: PepsiCo PepsiCo turned to tooling with 3D printing...