Developed by Owens Corning, a world leader in composite solutions, XSTRAND™ GF30-PA6(GLASS FIBER REINFORCED POLYAMIDE 6) filament for 3D printing is a reinforced material designed to be compatible with any standard Fused Filament Fabrication 3D printer.
BENEFITS & PERFORMANCES:
Materials designed for functional prototyping and industrial applications
Engineered reinforced plastics
Very high stiffness and strength (up to +250% compare to ABS)
Large operational temperature range (-20°C to 120°C)
Good chemical and UV resistance
High wear resistance
Excellent layer adhesion
Reduced warping effect compared to neat PA6
XSTRAND™ GF30-PA6 is designed for functional prototyping and demanding applications such as industrial tooling, transportation, electronics, small appliances, sports & leisure...
How much temperature can the printed part handle? Wet or dry?
This is linked to the Heat Temperature Deflection Test. We choose the highest ISO standard value at 1.8MPa and both materials standard specimen is handling 120°C in temperature. For this standard test, material are conditioned 48h at 23°C and 50% moisture air before the test. However, this is a general value that is totally dependent to the part geometry.
How is XSTRAND different than Carbon Fiber filled Nylon/PA?
3DXTech Carbon Fiber Nylon
Owens Corning Glass Fiber Nylon
Heat deflection temparature
(at lowest pressure of 0.45MPa)
(at highest pressure of 1.8MPa)
About Owens Corning:
A world leader in glass fiber composite
More than 500 researchers in five R&D centers
$5.7 billion sales (2016)
17,000 employees in 33 countries
3D Printing labs in Ohio, USA and France
When melted, XSTRAND™ filament can be abrasive due to its glass reinforcement. Printing with XSTRAND™ may reduce brass nozzles and extruder driving wheels’ lifetime. For a better experience, using hardened steel nozzlesand extruder driving wheels is advised.
How quickly does it degrade your hardened nozzle – e.g. how many grams printed before replacement?
On the ultimaker we have 2,432 hours of successful prints using a hardened tool steel nozzle.
Ensure sufficient ventilation in your 3D printing space and avoid inhaling extrusion fumes.
XSTRAND™ filaments must be stored in a dry and temperate location. The product should remain in its original packaging, preferably closed, until beginning of use.
GF30-PA6 is very sensitive to moisture and must be dried at least 4h in the oven at 80°C prior to use to allow optimal printing results. The spool needs to be stored in a dry case (Pelican type) even during printing if possible.
NET WEIGHT: 0.5 KG (1.1 LB)
220°C - 280°C
XSTRAND™ filaments are designed to be compatible with most of open fused filament fabrication 3D printers available on the market.
Hardened steel nozzle is highly recommended to print XSTRAND™. When melted, XSTRAND™ filament can be abrasive due to its glass reinforcement. Using hardened steel nozzles and extruder driving wheels is advised.
Nozzle diameter: >0.4mm
It’s recommended to start with default setting for nylon materials in the slicer software.
Nozzle temperature: 220 – 280 ̊C
Bed temperature: 80-110 ̊C
Better bed adhesion is achieved using the following components for standard nylon printing: - Perforated bed (such as the one on Zortrax machines). If you are using a perforated bed, you don’t need kapton tape or glue sticks. - If you are printing on glass bed, a regular all-purpose elmer’s glue stick is preferred for better bed adhesion. - If you are printing on PI Katpon adhesive tape, a glue stick is also recommended. - Or you can choose to use a PEI sheet
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Initially used a .4mm nozzle @ 270 degrees and sheet of PEI heated to 95. It immediately clogged the nozzle and when I swapped to a .8mm nozzle it wouldn't stick to the PEI regardless of temp or raft. I switched to a Buildtak plate and heated it to 95, set the temperature to 250 and success. It sticks like glue to the buildtak. I get excellent prints with zero warpage and they are incredibly strong. It handles overhangs really well, the layer adhesion is excellent, the texture is really interesting and the structural integrity of the parts are excellent. This is the strongest filament i've used to date, and I have tried every filament in the "tough" section. Support material removal can be hard, because this stuff is tough, but I have been unable to break any part i've made. I printed a drone arm that had been optimized for a Markforged Carbon Fiber machine, and I can stand on it trying to flex it and it won't break. This is the first "tough" material that has surpassed my expectations.
The one con is that it is really stringy, even with a 12mm retraction.
Temp 250, buildplate 95
Layer height 1-1.5mm
Wall thickness: I'm using 5.6 but adjust from 1mm+
Fill Density: 75% (adjust accordingly)
Print speed: 35
First Layer: 15
Outer shell: 30
Inner Shell: 40
Retract speed: 40
Retract amount: 9.5
Highly recommend this stuff, it is pricey but it is worth the price.
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