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Polymaker PolyLite PLA-CF Black 1kg (1.75mm)

1.75mm

PolyLite™ PLA-CF renders parts with a smooth looking carbon fiber surface finish that hides the layers.

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Carbon-fiber is very abrasive. For optimal printing results we highly recommended to use hardened steel nozzles.
This product is 1.75mm filament diameter, please make sure this is compatible with your 3D printer.
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PolyLite™ is a family of 3D printing filaments made with the best raw materials to deliver exceptional quality and reliability.

PolyLite™ PLA-CF is a carbon fiber reinforced PLA filament containing 8% chopped carbon fiber by weight; built from the ground up to print stiff models with a high quality matte surface finish. PolyLite PLA-CF combines stiffness and excellent dimensional stability with a smooth looking matte surface finish that hides the layers.

Carbon-fiber reinforced filaments are more abrasive to the driving gear and nozzle than regular PLA. For optimal printing results we highly recommended to use hardened steel nozzles.
Note -  This material was specifically formulated with surface finish in mind and it's important to note that the PLA formula in PolyLite™ PLA-CF and PolyLite™ PLA are different. PolyLite™ PLA-CF is based on Polymakers Matte PLA formula (PolyTerra™ PLA) rather than their regular PLA formula (PolyLite™ PLA). 

 Features
 
  • Matte Surface Finish - PolyLite™ PLA-CF contains 8% carbon fiber by weight rendering parts with a smooth matte carbon-fiber surface finish which is very desirable among hobbyists and designers. Carbon fiber filaments for engineering applications have an excellent finish for aesthetic models but are; typically cost-prohibitive for artistic applications, display a grainier surface finish depending on CF content and in the case of CF Nylon are more susceptible to absorbing moisture. PolyLite™ PLA-CF is an ideal choice for applications which require an easy-to-use and cost-effective filament with a smooth looking carbon fiber surface finish that hide the layers. 

  • Mechanical Properties [1] - PolyLite™ PLA-CF offers a balance of high stiffness, good strength and improved toughness for projects requiring a balance of aesthetics and function. The base material of PolyLite™ PLA-CF is Polymakers eco-friendly Matte PLA (PolyTerra™ PLA) formula which displays lower stiffness and strength but better impact resistance (X-Y) than regular PLA / PolyLite™ PLA. The combination of this Matte PLA formula and chopped carbon fiber results in a high quality PLA-CF material with similar youngs modulus (stiffness) and better toughness than PolyLite™ PLA, and better tensile strength (X-Y) than the base PLA material, PolyTerra™ PLA.

  • Easy to Print - A high quality PLA with carbon fiber, PolyLite™ PLA-CF features excellent dimensional accuracy and is manufactured with Polymakers  Jam-Free™ technology which leads to excellent printing quality with zero risk of nozzle jams caused by heat creep [2]. PolyLite™ PLA-CF works well on most printing surfaces with a 25°C - 60°C bed and thin layer of glue stick applied.

  • Uncompromised Quality - PolyLite™ PLA-CF filament is made with the highest quality ingredients including Ingeo® from Natureworks. Natureworks is a world-leading biopolymers supplier based in the USA with a portfolio of high quality raw PLA materials produced from rapidly renewable plant resources. Combining Polymakers innovative R&D technologies, compounding and extrusion systems with Natureworks Ingeo® resins produces a reliable 3D printing filament to print beautiful and accurate models

 

[1] This PLA-CF filament is based on Polymakers Matte PolyTerra™ PLA formula, not PolyLite™ PLA. To accurately compare the change in mechanical properties we recommend comparing PolyLite PLA-CF with the unreinforced base material (PolyTerra™ PLA) rather than with regular PLA / PolyLite™ PLA.
[2]  Heat creep is the the process of heat spreading irregularly throughout the hot end, one common example is with all metal hot end designs. Once heat creeps towards the cold end, the PLA filament softens prematurely in the cold end and expands resulting in a jam. Polymakers Jam-Free™ technology increases the heat resistance of the filament itself (not the printed part) to 100˚C which prevents the filament from prematurely softening in the cold end and can still melt rapidly once entering the heating zone.

To learn more about PolyLite™ PLA-CF, click the "Suggested Applications", "Specifications & FAQ" and "Polymaker / Quality" tabs.

PolyLite™ PLA-CF Comparison

 

Compare PolyLite™ PLA-CF with the chart below.

To compare Polymakers base PLA formulas (PolyLite™ PLA, PolyMax™ PLA, PolyTerra™ PLA) see our our Polymaker PLA comparison guide.

  PolyLite™ PLA PolyTerra™ PLA PolyLite™ PLA-CF
Type of PLA PLA Sustainable Matte PLA Carbon Fiber PLA
Description High quality PLA A more sustainable PLA material combining PLA with natural ingredients. Special effect Matte PLA with 8% carbon fiber by weight.
Nozzle Temperature Range 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C 190°C - 230°C
Rigidity
(X-Y)
High Low - Medium Medium - High
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
46.6 MPa 20.9 MPa 28.28 MPa
Toughness
(X-Y)
Low Impact Strength Moderate Impact Strength Moderate Impact Strength
Jam-Free Technology
(Resistance to heat creep)
Yes Yes Yes
Glass Transition Temperature 61°C 60.6°C 61.8°C
Special Feature - Best layer adhesion.
- High rigidity & strength.
- Available in both opaque colours and natural (translucent) colour.
- Formula combines PLA with bio-organic compounds.
- Formula optimized for matte surface finish & easy support removal.
- Wide colour range.
- Easier to sand than regular PLA.
- ONETREEPLANTED carbon offset initiative.
- Carbon fiber adds a unique and attractive matte surface finish that helps to hide layer lines.
- Based on Polymakers FBC formula (PolyTerra™ PLA) which offers better impact strength (X-Y) than regular PLA.
- Carbon fiber enhances stiffness with similar Youngs Modulus as PolyLite™ PLA.
- Carbon fiber improves tensile strength offering better tensile strength than PolyTerra™ PLA.
Special Notes N/A N/A - Additives are abrasive, wear resistant hardware (i.e nozzles) required.
- Carbon fiber makes PLA filament more brittle.

Data taken from Polymakers Technical Data Sheet and is intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing, data should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.

Printing Settings
Nozzle Temperature 190°C - 230°C

Wear resistant nozzle required.
Build Plate Temperature 25°C - 60°C
Build Surface Material Compatible with most common build surfaces.
Build Surface Treatment Apply a thin layer of PVA or PVP glue stick.
Cooling Fan ON
Printing Speed 30 mm/s - 70 mm/s
Retraction The ideal retraction settings vary from printer to printer. If you find the retraction settings are causing gaps in your part, the following settings may help.
Direct Drive: Retraction distance of 0.5 - 1mm with retraction speed of 20mm/s
Bowden: Retraction distance of 2 - 3mm with retraction speed of 20 - 40mm/s
Recommended Support Material Single Extrusion:
Self Support

Dual Extrusion:
PolyDissolve™ S1 (Dissolve in tap water)
PolySupport™ (Easy break-away support material)

Based on 0.4 mm nozzle. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters.

We highly recommend to use a wear resistant nozzle when printing PolyLite™ PLA-CF. Carbon fiber additives are highly abrasive on printer components and will quickly wear a brass nozzle or brass extruder gear.


Specification
Net Weight 1kg
Material Type Matte PLA-CF 
Density 1.29 g/cm3 
Colour Black

Compatibility

PolyLite™ PLA-CF has been engineered with compatibility in mind to print excellently on a wide range of 3D printers. The Jam-Free™ technology implemented into PolyLite™ PLA-CF can improve compatibility with all metal hot end designs that suffer from heat creep. As the carbon fiber additives in this material are highly abrasive we recommend customers first install a more wear resistant nozzle before printing with this filament.

Reinforced filaments tend to be stiffer and more brittle than other standard filaments. It is recommended to take extra care and make sure your filament guide system is smooth and with minimal bends to avoid snapping the filament.

Of course with thousands of unique 3d printer models on the market, we can't guarantee each filament type will work with every 3D printer.


Technical Data

All testing specimens were printed under the following conditions: Nozzle Temperature = 200˚C, build plate temperature = 60˚C, infil = 100%, cooling fan = ON
All specimens were conditioned at room temperature for 24h prior to testing.

THERMAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Glass Transition 61.8°C DSC, 10°C/min
Heat Deflection Temperature

0.45 Mpa - 54.0°C
1.8 Mpa - 50.4°C

ISO 75 0.45MPa
Vicat Softening Temperature 64.1°C ISO 306, GB/T 1633

MECHANICAL PROPERTIES

  Value Testing Method
Youngs Modulus
(X-Y)
2945 ± 100 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Tensile Strength
(X-Y)
28.28 ± 0.7 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Bending Strength
(X-Y)
54.2 ± 1.4 MPa ISO 178, GB/T 9341
Charpy Impact Strength
(X-Y)
4.82 ± 0.12 kJ/m2 ISO 179, GB/T 9343

We have full MDS and technical data sheets for PolyLite™ PLA-CF and all other Polymaker products. Contact us to enquire!

The typical values presented in Polymakers data sheet are intended for reference and comparison purposes only. Due to the nature of 3D printing they should not be used for design specifications or quality control purposes.


STORAGE & DRYING

Like other PLA filaments, PolyLite™ PLA-CF is susceptible to absorbing moisture from the air which can subsequently effect the print quality and mechanical properties of the final prints.

Before packaging, PolyLite™ PLA-CF is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyLite™ PLA-CF should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag. We recommend storing PolyLite™ PLA-CF in the PolyBox™ or a dry cabinet during printing to prevent moisture absorption which will lower the quality of the print. The PolyBox™ keeps the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less). 

If you hear popping sounds and notice that the surface quality of your print is uneven or the color is not consistent, this is a likely indicator that the filament has absorbed too much moisture. Spools of PolyLite™ PLA-CF can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 55˚C for up to 6 hours. Results may vary depending on the accuracy of your oven so please be conservative. For more information about filament drying please read our user guide.


FAQ

Q: Does Jam-Free™ technology prevent all filament jamming?
A: Jam-Free™ technology is designed to prevent jamming caused by heat creep. There are many reasons why a material may jam, such as printing with the wrong extruder temperature or incorrect nozzle height; Polymaker's Jam-Free™ technology won't prevent jamming in these cases.

Q: What support materials can I use with this product?
A: Polymaker’s PolyDissolve™ S1 or PolySupport™ filament are the recommended support filaments for PolyLite™ PLA-CF. If your 3D printer is not equipped for multi-material, self-support can be used.

Don't know where to start? Or which filament will suit your application? We have a broad range of support options including telephone support. Contact us today!

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PolyLite™ PLA-CF like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous quality control processes ensure industrial standards of reliability for a consistent customer experience.

Tolerance - Polymakers custom developed extrusion, control and monitoring solutions to ensure filament tolerance and roundness meet Polymakers strict quality standards.
Reliable Mechanical, Colouring & Printing Properties - Every batch of filament products are tested to ensure all quality specs (melt flow, softening point, mechanical, diameter, round-ness) are met.
Drying & Vacuum Sealing - Before packaging, all Polymaker filaments are dried to a moisture level of < 0.1% to ensure the best printing quality and are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. All vacuum packaged products are left for 24 hours before boxing to ensure they are leak-free.

PolyLite™ PLA-CF is wound on Polymakers 1kg carton spools, manufactured from recycled cardboard. The cutaway and weight gauge on the side of the spool make it easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project. PolyLite™ PLA-CF's recycled cardboard packaging and carton spool are the first step taken towards creating more eco-sustainable products. The spool is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Like all other PLA filaments, PolyLite™ PLA-CF is hygroscopic so we recommend keeping this bag for filament storage.

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