Desktop Metal Fiber

Industrial-grade composites. With continuous fiber tapes for unrivaled part strength*.

An end-to-end solution

Fiber™ is the only composite 3D printer to use micro automated fiber placement (μAFP)—unlocking unparalleled composite part strength for a desktop printer. Featuring closed loop heat control, the μAFP head constructs a high-density, continuous fiber reinforcement while the FFF printhead enables a high-resolution exterior shell. Utilizing tapes made with 12k continuous fiber tows, up to 60% fiber volume fraction, and exceptional resin impregnation, Fiber™ is able to achieve continuous fiber reinforcement with less than 1% porosity—delivering parts with 2x the strength of steel at 1/2 the weight of aluminum.

How it Works

Fiber™ features two printheads—one dedicated to deposition of continuous fiber prepreg tape (μAFP), one dedicated to extrusion of a chopped fiber filament.

1. Prep

Generate geometry, review loading conditions, and identify areas for reinforcement.

2. Reinforce

Selectively reinforce with continuous fiber μAFP tape along critical load paths

3. Print

The Fiber™ printer utilizes a dual-deposition print method to build parts layer-by-layer in both chopped fiber filament and continuous fiber µAFP tape.

4. Part Anatomy

Parts printed on Fiber™ feature a chopped fiber shell and solid continuous fiber reinforcements.

Desktop Metal Fiber Introduction

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Size and Weight

586 x 620 x 863 mm (23.0 x 24.4 x 34.0 in)
60 kg (132 lbs)

Build Envelope

FFF only:
310 x 240 x 270 mm (12.2 x 9.4 x 10.6 in)
μAFP-reinforced:
290 x 210 x 270 mm (11.4 x 8.3 x 10.6 in)

Layer Height

50-200 μm
100 μm Default

Max Build Rate

20 cm3/hr (1.2 in3/hr)

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Software

Fabricate™ software

Max Build Weight

10 kg (22 lbs) for all parts in job

Supported File Types

STL, IGES, JT, STEP, OB, SAT and native file types (SolidWorks, ProE, Autodesk, CATIA, etc.)

Full Technical Specifications Below

Download Fiber Spec Sheet

Fiber™ offers users exceptional part quality and a wide range of engineering-grade materials—all on a user-friendly, desktop printer.

Strong parts

Fiber™ combines the exceptional performance of continuous fiber with the ease of FFF printing to produce high-performance parts that are stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and can operate continuously in the toughest environments up to 250 ºC.

Continuous fiber reinforcement

Continuous fiber tape is applied along critical load paths in a process called Micro Automated Fiber Placement (µAFP). Layers of highly loaded continuous fiber tape are laminated to build fully-dense, reinforced sections two times stronger than steel at <1/5 the weight (up to 2,500 MPa tensile strength and <1.5 g/cc).

Low porosity

Utilizing tapes made with 12k continuous fiber tows, up to 60 porosity.

Multi-directional reinforcement

Layers of continuous fiber are deposited via µAFP. Users can automatically optimize fiber orientation for maximum coverage, or enable Expert Mode to tailor orientation for specific loading conditions.

Widest range of materials

Fiber™ prints with two printheads—one dedicated to continuous fiber tape; one dedicated to chopped fiber-reinforced filament. Designed for versatility, the printer supports a wide range of fiber-reinforced composites to enable a broad set of applications from consumer electronics to automotive.

PEKK + Continuous Carbon Fiber

PEKK is characterized by its high tensile and compression strength, resistance to chemical abrasion, and ability to withstand high temperatures (above 250­­ °C). When reinforced with carbon fiber, resulting parts are exceptionally durable and well-suited for extreme environments.

PEEK + Continuous Carbon Fiber

PEEK is characterized by exceptional mechanical properties, high resistance to surface abrasion, and is inherently flame retardant. When combined with continuous carbon fiber, the resulting composite is strong, stiff, and boasts a high fatigue level—making it great for high-wear manufacturing jigs and fixtures.

Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Carbon Fiber

Our PA6 nylon with carbon fiber reinforcement is safe for operations where ESD compliance is required. With a tensile strength 30x stronger than ABS, PA6 + CF is an excellent material for end-of-arm tooling, including those used in electronics manufacturing.

Nylon (PA6) + Continuous Fiberglass

Fiberglass-reinforced nylon is a low-cost material which renders lightweight, high-strength and corrosion-resistant parts—making it a great match for sporting goods applications where parts are exposed to the elements and have a low target cost per part.

Accessible to all

With a wide range of materials, easy-to-use platform, and affordable subscription tiers, Fiber™ offers high-quality composite printing at a price point every engineer and designer can access.

Easy to use

In a matter of minutes, users can begin printing industrial-grade composites from the comfort of their desktop. Entry-level settings and opt-in advanced controls allow every engineer to produce high-quality composite parts at the press of a button.

Affordable

Starting at just $3,495/yr—¼ the cost of other industrial continuous fiber composite printers***—and boasting superior materials and a large build envelope, Fiber™ offers unrivaled utility at just a fraction of the cost. With Fiber™, engineers no longer have to trade between high quality, speed, and affordability.

Fiber™ LT

Fiber™ HT
Build size 310 x 240 x 270 mm 310 x 240 x 270 mm
Layer height 50 μm 50 μm
Compatible materials
  • PA6 + CF
  • PA6 + FG
  • PEEK + CF
  • PEKK + CF
  • PA6 + CF
  • PA6 + FG
Reinforcement Automated optimization
  • Automated optimization
  • Custom, targeted reinforcement
Standard configuration
  • 1 FFF head
  • 1 μAFP head
  • 2 FFF heads
  • 1 μAFP head
Technology
Print technologies Micro Automated Fiber Placement (μAFP)
Fused filament fabrication (FFF)
Print System CoreXY with automatic tool changer
Performance
Max Build Rate 20 cm3/hr (1.2 in3/hr)
Layer Height 50-200 μm
100 μm Default
Max build weightfor all parts in job 10 kg (22 lbs)
Physical
External Dimensions 586 x 620 x 863 mm (23.0 x 24.4 x 34.0 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lbs)
Build Envelope 310 x 240 x 270 mm (12.2 x 9.4 x 10.6 in) FFF only
290 x 210 x 270 mm (11.4 x 8.3 x 10.6 in) μAFP-reinforced
Build plate Heated, up to 149 °C (300 °F)
Print sheets Coated 1075 Spring Steel Magnetic
0.45mm (0.018in)
Nozzle diameter 0.40 mm
Power Requirements 100-120 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 15 A, 1-phase
Onboard Control 7-inch touchscreen display
Media
FFF build media Thermoplastic filament / Chopped fiber
1.75 mm diameter (0.07 in)
μAFP build media Thermoplastic μAFP prepreg tape / Continuous fiber
3 mm wide (0.12 in)
Platform
Network connectivity Ethernet, USB
Software Fabricate™ software; runs on Windows 8 or 10, Mac OSX 10.11.x or higher, Linux
Browser requirements Accessible via any web browser
Supported file types STL, IGES, JT, STEP, OB, SAT and native file types (SolidWorks, ProE, Autodesk, CATIA, etc.)
Material Family Chopped Fiber Filament Continuous Fiber Filament

PA6 Nylon

  • Low cost
  • High mechanical strength
  • Continuous Use Temperature ~ 100°C
  • Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber
  • Fiberglass Fiberglass
  • Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber
  • Fiberglass Fiberglass

PEEK

  • Excellent mechanical, thermal, and chemical resistance
  • Excellent resistance to surface abrasion
  • Flame retardant
  • Continuous Use Temperature between 200-250°C
  • Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber
  • Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber

PEKK

  • Excellent mechanical, thermal, and chemical resistance
  • Excellent resistance to surface abrasion
  • Flame retardant
  • High compression strength
  • ESD-Safe
  • Continuous use temperature above 250°C
  • Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber
  • Carbon Fiber Carbon Fiber
  • Fiberglass: Low-cost, corrosion resistant, non-conductive/insulator, no radio-signal interference.
  • Carbon Fiber: High strength & stiffness, low coefficient of thermal expansion, high fatigue level, somewhat brittle.

Download the Material Spec Sheet

* Fiber™ uses unidirectional μAFP tape. The same type of industrial fiber material used to manufacture the highest performance fiber parts.
** Built with unidirectional μAFP tape, widely considered to be one of the highest performance structural materials available.
***Based on published list price available as of 10.31.2019, pricing subject change.
The uses depicted are actual uses by customers based on professionally designed parts using the Fiber™ printer. What you design, print, build, and use is your responsibility. Build responsibly.