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Polymaker PolyMide PA12-CF Nylon Carbon Fiber Black 2.85mm 500g

Industrial carbon fiber reinforced Nylon 12 / Features Polymakers Warp-Free™ and Fiber-Adhesion™ technology

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Polymaker PolyMide PA12-CF Carbon Fiber Filament

PolyMide™ is a family of Nylon/polyamide based filaments. Produced with Polymaker’s Warp-Free™ technology, PolyMide™ filaments deliver engineering properties intrinsic to Nylon and ease of printing. PolyMide™️ PA12-CF is a carbon fiber reinforced PA12 (Nylon 12) filament featuring 10% chopped carbon fibers by weight. Thanks to the low moisture sensitivity of PA12, this product features outstanding mechanical and thermal properties even after the moisture conditioning process. Combined with its ease of print with Warp-Free™️ technology, this product is ideal to create manufacturing tools.

Tip - Although Nylon 12 is less sensitive to moisture, we highly recommend to use a wear resistant nozzle, to print with the PolyBox™ and to keep it at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less) at all times to maintain the best printing results.

Features
 
  • High Strength & Low Moisture Sensitivity - PolyMide™ PA12-CF combines high stiffness, tensile strength, heat resistance and low moisture sensitivity to deliver consistent mechanical properties regardless of the operating environment. While PolyMide™ PA6-CF outperforms PA12-CF in dry state properties, in the wet state PolyMide™ PA12-CF outperforms PA6-CF when considering strength and stiffness. Less moisture absorption means that PolyMide™ PA12-CF displays a smaller shift in characteristics from dry to wet states and therefore delivers more predictable results in real-world applications.
  • Excellent Heat Resistance - Featuring a heat deflection temperature of 131°C, this material lends itself to operate in demanding environments where heat and stress are critical design factors.
  • Outstanding Layer Adhesion - All other brands of fiber reinforced material show a decrease in z-axis layer adhesion when compared with their non-fiber reinforced Nylons, producing a part that is only stronger on the X-Y axis but detrimental to the Z axis. Polymakers Fiber Adhesion™ technology improves the layer adhesion of fiber reinforced materials, by optimizing the surface chemistry of the fibers to achieve better dispersion and bonding to the matrix. The implementation of this technology in PolyMide™ PA12-CF not only solves this problem but actually increases Z axis tensile strength creating more isotropic parts that are strong in every direction.
  • Warp-Free™ - Warp-Free™ technology enables the production of Nylon-based filaments that can be 3D printed with excellent dimensional stability and near-zero warpage. This is achieved by the fine control of microstructure and crystallization behaviour of Nylon, which enables the material to fully release the internal stress before solidification. The Warp-Free™ technology in PolyMide™ PA12-CF is designed to work best with minimal bed temperatures.
  • Surface Finish & Printability – PolyMide™ PA12-CF renders prototypes, manufacturing jigs and functional parts with an excellent surface finish due to better fluidity of PolyMide™ PA12-CF and less fiber content compared to PolyMide™ PA6-CF. Unlike many other Nylon filaments, PolyMide™ PA12-CF is extremely easy to work with, exhibiting excellent dimensional stability. It is compatible with most filament-based 3D printers capable of reaching 260°C nozzle temperature and no heated bed or chamber is required!
  • Uncompromised Quality - Polymakers leading quality control process and rigorous in-house testing ensure reliable printing and consistency across spools and batches.
 
To learn more about PolyMide™ PA12-CF, click the "Why people are using it", "Quality and Technologies" and "Specifications & FAQ" tabs.

Authorized Industrial Reseller

Polymaker Industrial Resellers

3D Printing Solutions are acknowledged by Polymaker as official suppliers of Polymakers industrial range and are accredited with the knowledge and technical understanding of said products to provide the utmost support to end-users. The Industrial range of products provide engineering grade materials to unlock the use of 3d printing in multiple industries for new applications. Industrial products can require specific equipment and skills.


Polymaker PolyMide PA12-CF Carbon fiber filament

Polymaker 3D Printing Filament

Polymaker is an international team passionate about 3D printing. They produce the very best 3D printing materials by controlling every stage of production. With a diverse portfolio of materials ranging from high performance plastics to unique aesthetic solutions, Polymaker will continue to add cutting edge materials to its ever-growing portfolio.

At the core of Polymaker is their research & development laboratory, this is where all Polymakers materials are formulated and fine-tuned from the ground up to create the best in class 3D printing materials. Our precision testing equipment combines the latest advancements in technology to ensure they are ahead of the game.


Technologies

Warp-Free™ technology

Polymaker Warp-Free TechnologyNylon is one of the most popular engineering materials in the manufacturing world, its excellent mechanical and thermal properties has helped Nylon infiltrate a variety of industries. In the additive manufacturing world, Nylon materials haven’t been as popular as they have a tendency to warp when 3D Printed. Warping is a common issue when printing higher temperature filaments (ABS, PC) without the right temperature requirements however unlike ABS and PC, the reason Nylon warps is related to crystallization rate and thus the warping is not easily controlled or prevented with printer settings / heated environments.

To combat this effect Polymaker have developed Warp-Free™ technology. The secret behind this technology is the fine controlling of the materials microstructure and the crystallization behaviour of the polymer chains. This effect results in all the internal stress that’s caused when printing to be fully released before solidification. This allows users to print on a cold bed; creating a printed part with superior flatness.

Note - This technology works best with minimal bed temperatures, Polymaker have developed the Warp-Free™ technology so users can effectively print with improved reliability without requiring an industrial 3D printer. Printing PolyMide™ PA12-CF with a high temperature heated bed or heated chamber is not recommended as the kinetic energy will cause parts to crystallize faster during printing, circumventing the technology and sometimes resulting in warping.
Fiber  Adhesion™ technology

Fiber Adhesion TechnologyFiber Adhesion™ Technology improves the layer adhesion of fiber reinforced materials, by optimizing the surface chemistry of the fibers to achieve better dispersion and bonding to the polyamide matrix. This results in better strength along the Z-axis and reduced mechanical anisotropy when compared to a pure Nylon PA12 printed parts. This in-house technology was developed exclusively to combat the problem of adding fibers to filaments. All other brand fiber reinforced materials show a decrease in z-axis layer adhesion when compared with their non-fiber reinforced Nylons producing a part that is only stronger on the X-Y axis but detrimental to the Z axis. Polymaker’s new technology not only solves this problem but actually increases Z axis tensile strength creating more isotropic parts that are strong in every direction.

 


Industry Leading Quality Control

Polymaker 3D Printing Filament

PolyMide™ PA12-CF like all other Polymaker materials is manufactured using state-of-the-art polymer processing technologies and equipment. Polymakers rigorous quality control process ensures industrial standards of reliability for a consistent customer experience.

Tolerance: Polymakers custom developed extrusion, control and monitoring solutions 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, PolyMide™ PA12-CF is dried to a moisture level <0.05w%  to ensure the best printing quality and filaments 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.


Packaging

Transparent Spool: PolyMide™ PA12-CF is wound on Polymakers 500g transparent spool specifically designed with a large center hub allowing a stiff material like Polymakers PolyMide™ PA12-CF to be wound at smaller quantities without snapping and breakage. With the transparent spool, it is easy to see exactly how much filament is left for your next printing project.
Resealable Bag: PolyMide™ PA12-CF is packaged in a vacuum sealed resealable bag to ensure your filament is moisture free. Although Nylon 12 is less sensitive to moisture in comparison to Nylon 6, PA12 is still hygroscopic so we recommend keeping this bag for filament storage. 


Printing Settings
Nozzle Temperature 260˚C - 300˚C *
Build Surface Material Almost any surface (I.e Glass, Buildtak etc.)
Build surface treatment PVA glue or Magigoo PA applied to the build surface.
Build plate temperature 25˚C – 50˚C (Do NOT exceed 50 ˚C)
Cooling fan Turned off
Printing speed 30 - 60mm/s
Recommended support material (optional) N/A

* We highly recommend to use a wear resistant nozzle. Brass nozzles give a better thermal conductivity than hardened nozzles such as stainless steel so depending on your 3D printer, printing with extrusion temperatures closer to 300°C may be required when using specialty nozzles to ensure the correct extrusion temperature is achieved.

Note: Based on 0.4 mm nozzle and Simplify 3D v.3.1. Printing conditions may vary with different printers and nozzle diameters


Annealing Settings

PolyMide™ PA12-CF printed parts can be annealed in an oven after printing to maximize mechanical performance and heat resistance.

Time 6 Hours
Temperature (˚C) 80˚C

In some rare cases with fine or thin geometries, different annealing instructions or design considerations may be required for the best results.


Storage & Drying:

Before packaging, PolyMide™ PA12-CF is dried to ensure the best printing quality and filaments are vacuum sealed to protect the filament from moisture. When not in use PolyMide™ PA12-CF should be stored away from sunlight in the packaged resealable bag.

Although Nylon 12 is less sensitive to moisture in comparison to Nylon 6, it is still highly recommended to store PolyMide™ PA12-CF in the PolyBox™ or a dry cabinet during printing to prevent moisture absorption which will lower the quality and the mechanical properties of the print The PolyBox™ keeps the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less). 

We recommend that the material be used with the PolyBox™ to keep the filament at dry conditions (relative humidity of 15% or less) to maintain the best printing results. If the filament does absorb moisture, spools of PolyMide™ PA12-CF can be dried in a preheated convection oven at 80˚C for up to 12 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.


Specification
Net Weight 500g
Diameter 2.85 mm
Density 1.06 g/cm3
Technologies Fiber Adhesion™ and Warp-Free™ Technology

Technical Data

All testing specimens were printed under the following conditions: nozzle temperature = 300˚C, cooling fan = OFF, build plate temperature = 45˚C, infil = 100%, environmental temperature = 25 - 50˚C
All specimens were annealed prior to testing.​

Thermal Property Value Testing Method
Heat deflection temperature (0.45 MPa) 131˚C ISO 75 0.45MPa
Heat deflection temperature (1.8 MPa) 105˚C ISO 75 1.8MPa
Melting Temperature 165˚C DSC, 10° C/min 

 

Dry State
All specimens were annealed at 80˚C for 24h and dried for 48h prior to testing.
Mechanical Property Value Testing Method
Young's modulus (X-Y) 3,304 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Young's modulus (Z) 1,801 MPa
Tensile strength (X-Y) 71.6 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Tensile strength (Z) 43.3 MPa
Bending strength (X-Y) 109.9 MPa ISO 178, GB/T 9341
Bending strength (Z) N/A
Charpy impact strength (X-Y) 12.5 kj/m2 ISO 179, GB/T 9343
Charpy impact strength (Z) N/A

 

Moisture Conditioned State
All specimens were annealed at 80 °C for 24h, and immerged in ambient temperature
water for 3 days prior to testing.
Mechanical Property Value Testing Method
Young's modulus (X-Y) 3,054 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Young's modulus (Z) 1,520 MPa
Tensile strength (X-Y) 73.4 MPa ISO 527, GB/T 1040
Tensile strength (Z) 42 MPa
Bending strength (X-Y) 100.9 MPa ISO 178, GB/T 9341
Bending strength (Z) N/A
Charpy impact strength (X-Y) 9.2 kj/m2 ISO 179, GB/T 9343
Charpy impact strength (Z) N/A

We have full safety data sheets and technical data sheets for PolyMide™ PA12-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.


Compatibility

PolyMide™ PA12-CF has been engineered so users can print strong carbon fiber filled parts with excellent layer-adhesion. As the carbon fiber in this material is highly abrasive we recommend customers first check that their 3D printer is equipped to print abrasive materials before purchasing this product.

Aside from wear resistance, there are a few important considerations for this material that we recommend.

Reinforced filaments tend to be much stiffer than other standard filaments and this can cause problems when passing the filament through a printer’s feeding system. For a steady and uninterrupted flow of filament, it is recommended to take extra care and make sure your filament guide system is smooth and with minimal bends. Brass nozzles give a better thermal conductivity than hardened nozzles such as stainless steel. Depending on your 3D printer, printing with extrusion temperatures closer to 300°C may be required when using specialty nozzles to ensure the correct extrusion temperature is achieved.

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.


FAQ

Q: Can I print this material without wear resistant hardware (nozzle etc.)?
A:  PolyMide™ PA12-CF contains 10% chopped carbon fibers by weight which makes it very abrasive. It is important to have an abrasion resistant nozzle and hardware when printing this material. PolyMide™ PA12-CF can easily damage a brass nozzle after a few hundred grams of printing. Hardened nozzles are more expensive than regular brass nozzle so it is important to consider the amount of materials planned to be used. For some users it may be more cost effective to destroy one nozzle for some prints, but please note users are responsible for all printer 'wear and tear'.

Q: How well does Polymakers Warp-Free™ technology perform?
A:  With Polymakers Warp-Free technology, more users can effectively print Carbon-fiber nylon with better dimensional stability than comparative nylon products. This technology works best when printing with low bed/chamber temperatures. Because the warping behavior of Nylon materials is partially related to its crystallization rate while printing. If a user does print with a high temperature heated bed or chamber, the heat will increase the crystallization rate and cause a part to warp.

Q: Is annealing PolyMide PA12-CF required?
A: After printing, annealing PolyMide™ PA12-CF prints will ensure the highest degree of crystallinity. This is a recommended step as it allows end users to get the best properties and performance from their parts. PolyMide™ PA12-CF can be annealed in a convection oven at 80˚C for 6 hours. Of course annealing may not be required for applications that don't require the best thermal or mechanical properties. In some rare cases with fine or thin geometries, different annealing instructions or design considerations may be required for the best results.

Q: Will this filament absorb moisture?
A:  Although less sensitive to moisture, PA12 filaments are still hygroscopic, meaning that they absorb moisture from the air. We recommend keeping your spool of PolyMide™ PA12-CF dry as moisture can significantly reduce mechanical properties and cause print defects such as oozing and poor surface quality. To manage moisture absorption in your filaments, it is recommended to use the PolyBox™ which provides a stable, low level humidity storage solution for filaments during and in-between printing. If PolyMide™ PA12-CF appears to have absorbed too much moisture, they can be dried in a preheated convection oven for 12 hours at 80˚C.

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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We are authorized to supply and support Polymakers industrial range of products.

3D Printing Solutions was established in 2013 by CEO Michael Tyson to distribute high quality 3D printers and supplies to enthusiasts, businesses, government and educational institutions across Australia and New Zealand.

Australian owned and operated, here at 3D Printing Solutions we are dedicated to ensuring your success by providing high quality solutions and sharing our years of hands on experience and support. One of our key philosophies is to thoroughly test the printer brands and filaments we sell to ensure they meet our key quality standards. Our collaborative and in-depth experience with these brands ensures we can provide detailed comparisons and advice to customers.

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  • Quality assured products.
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  • We have hands on experience using Polymaker filaments and products. Phone, email and local support handled by our trained and knowledgeable staff.
  • Growing list of online resources for beginners and advanced users.
  • Support and warranty handled locally in Australia.

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