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XSTRAND® GF30-PP

Glass fiber reinforced polypropylene filament

XSTRAND® GF30-PP is designed for functional prototyping and demanding applications such as transportation, electronics, and sports & leisure. GF30-PP is a reinforced polypropylene filament with 30% glass fiber content.

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Performance Attributes

Low Moisture Absorption
UV Resistant
Superior Durability

About XSTRAND®

Up to 250% stronger than common filaments, XSTRAND® GF30-PP AND GF30-PA6 ensure high performance and wear resistance in the most extreme conditions. Developed with superior durability, XSTRAND® products give you the ability to design and print parts on site in a fraction of the time at a fraction of the cost. Advantages include chemical and UV resistance, thermal stability, superior durability, easy to use, high performance, design flexibility and the ability to test solutions in real world conditions.

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TRANSPORTATION

Accelerate your product development and testing process. Quickly prototype, customize parts, and produce scalable production support. XSTRAND® GF30-PP works well in water, can withstand extreme conditions and is UV resistant. Perfect for leading automotive manufacturers and small scale customized projects.

TRANSPORTATION

SPORTS & LEISURE

Speed up your design cycle with instant production and testing. XSTRAND® filaments allows you to build functional prototypes and custom fixtures for all your needs. With high performance, durable material that is UV and temperature resistance, XSTRAND® filaments will meet your prototyping and production needs.

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Technical Information

Product Availability

GF30-PP
XSTRAND® GF30-PP 1,75mm 500g spool
XSTRAND® GF30-PP 2,85mm 500g spool
XSTRAND® GF30-PP 1,75mm 2200g spool
XSTRAND® GF30-PP 2,85mm 2200g spool

*Customized spool sizes available upon request / Available in black


Printing Recommendations

XSTRAND® - PP Recommended Parameters (preset "ABS" settings work fine if available in slicer program)

PrinterLayer HeightBed configurationNozzle Temp °CBed Temp °CSpeed (mm/s)Retraction distance (mm)Brim/RaftHeated ChamberNotes
Airwolf0.2bed solution Magig25010050 mm/s1yesN/A
Airwolf0.2Strapping tape2504050 mm/s1yesN/A
Ultimaker0.2bed solution Magig27010050 mm/s1yesN/A
Ultimaker0.2Strapping tape2704050 mm/s1yesN/A
Zortrax0.14Perferated Bed27580ABS configABS preconfiguredyesN/A
use Z-Suite - and select ABS setting (no changes required)
Intamsys0.2None25012050 mm/s1yes90°C
Raise 3d0.2bed solution Magig24010050 mm/s1yesN/A
Raise 3d0.2Strapping tape2404050 mm/s

XSTRAND® products are designed to be compatible with most open Fused Filament Fabricated 3D Printers.

WARNING: When melted, XSTRAND® filament can be abrasive due to its glass reinforcement. Printing with XSTRAND® may reduce lifespan of brass nozzles and extruder driving wheels. It is advised to use hardened steel nozzles and extruder driving wheels.



Nozzle Settings

Hardened steel nozzle is highly recommended to print XSTRAND® filaments. When melted, XSTRAND® filament can be abrasive due to its glass reinforcement. Using hardened steel nozzles and extruder driving wheels is advised.



Bed Components

  • Bed Temperature: 80 - 110°C
  • If printing on glass either use reinforced strapping packaging tape (ie: Scotch Extreme Tape) on the bed with a bed temperature around 30 - 50°C or use Wolfbite ultra for polypropylene from Airwolf.
  • It is recommended to use a thicker bed (1/4" to 3/8"), such as high density polyethylene plate as a printing surface, instead of a glass plate for bed temperatures 30 - 50°C.
  • For large flat surfaces, a raft is required to reduce warping. 5-8mm raft offset and an airgap of .16 - .18 are recommended for best results.


Storage and Drying

XSTRAND™ filaments must be stored in a dark and temperate location. It is recommended that the product remain closed in its original packaging until use.




Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the optimal print temperature?

  • PP - 250 - 280°C
  • If using adhesive solution (packaging tape, HDPE bed, etc.), much lower in the range of 30-50°C

What are the applications for the material?

  • Industrial usage including tools, fixtures, heavy duty replacement parts.
  • Sport and leisure parts.
  • Electronics and appliance parts, and many others.

How quickly does it degrade your hardened nozzle - e.g. how many grams printed before replacement?

  • On the ulti-maker, we have 2,432 hours of successful prints with GF-30 PP and GF-30 PA6 using the same tool steel nozzle.

What is the difference in surface finish between the two XSTRAND™ GF-30 PP and GF-30 PA?

  • The GF-30 PA6 feels a little rougher and the GF-30 PP is silkier.

How much temperature can the printed part handle? Wet or dry?

  • This is linked to the Heat Temperature Deflection Test. We chose 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® filaments different than carbon fiber filled PA or PP?

Leading Brand of CF Reinforced PA6Owens Corning Glass Fiber Nylon
Tensile Modulus4387 MPa7400 MPa
Tensile Strength64 MPa60 MPa
Heat Deflection Temperature102°C
(at lowest pressure of 0.45 MPa)
124°C
(at lowest pressure of 1.8 MPa)
Flexural Modulus5650 MPa6100 MPa
Flexural Strength78 MPa170 MPa

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