Carbon Filled Nylon - Material Datasheet
Updated: Jan 19
CF Nylon (Carbon Filled Nylon) is a composite engineering grade material, specifically used for structural and critical applications.
CF Nylon has more strength than PLA, PETG, Nylon and TPU, with it also being very durable. Regular Nylon has high strength but also has a lot of flexibility like TPU.
CF Nylon is different from regular Nylon because it is a blend of chopped Carbon Fibers within the Nylon. The blend of Carbon Fibers to Nylon is about 20% - 80% which removes the flexibility of Nylon and increases the overall strength.
The overall finish of CF Nylon is more abrasive compared to PLA or PETG, a hardened nozzle is required to print with this filament due to its abrasive nature. Most CF Nylon components can be used within aerospace and automotive industries, however CF Nylon components can be used for JIGs. It’s low density means that a CF Nylon part can be a lightweight substitute for a metal component.
Printing CF Nylon must be done at a higher temperature, with matching ambient temperatures to prevent warping and shrinkage on the print bed.
CF Nylon is one of the strongest engineering filaments within the engineering grade category, before being compared with advanced engineering filaments such as PEEK and PEI. J
Just like Nylon, CF Nylon is hygroscopic and therefore requires special storage within a drybox, the amount of moisture within the filament will affect the surface quality and overall print quality, however once a part is printed, moisture does not affect the shape and quality of the printed components.
CF Nylon is mostly found in black and therefore a post finishing painting process will be required for other colours.