CFIP: CARBON FIBER FOR 3D PRINTING
A new post-process that multiplies the mechanical properties of the parts
What is CFIP technology?
The Continuous Fiber Injection Process (CFIP) is a new post-processing technology developed and patented by Eurecat, which enables to reinforce parts with continuous fibers, multiplying in this way the mechanical properties while reducing the weight.
It is based on injecting the continuous fibers simultaneously with liquid inside tubular cavities in the part. Once cured the part, the solidified the resin acts as a mechanical interface between the fibers and the rest of the part.
The fibers trajectories are determined by the trajectories of the tubular cavities, which can be freely designed and manufactured in all directions following complex trajectories thanks to 3D printing.
It allows to reinforce parts made with any type of material, including plastics (rigid or flexible), metals or ceramics. In this way, the technology makes possible to manufacture, for example, a titanium part reinforced with continuous carbon fibers.
It also enables to integrally join different parts by providing fiber continuity between them, achieving in this way ultra-high joining performance. This allows the manufacturing of multi-material and multi-process structures, selecting the most efficient material and process according to the requirements in each zone of the structure.
CFIP technology enables the use of 3D printing in new applications where high mechanical and lightweighting performance is required. The good results achieved demonstrate the added value that this technology brings in different sectors such as aerospace, automotive, sporting goods or health.
Advantages of carbon fiber for 3D printing
Reinforcing fibers in all directions and following complex trajectories
Stronger and lighter parts
Reinforcement of a wide variety of materials (plastics, metals, ceramics)
Integral joining of different parts (multi-material and multi-process structures)