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Rocket Composites achieved flawless surface finishes for their carbon fiber parts by leveraging OpenAM™ software.
Case Study

Optimize 3D Printing Parameters & Settings Like Never Before with OpenAM™ Software by Stratasys

June 12, 2023

OpenAM Software Allows Deeper Control Over 3D Printer Settings Further Optimizing Part Results

About The Customer: Rocket Composites

Rocket Composites manufactures high-quality carbon fiber parts for clients in the aerospace, automotive, consumer, and medical device industries. The company prides itself on creating customized production parts in low and high volumes that meet each client’s needs.

The Challenge: Porous Materials Not Giving Desired Finish

A client order for custom carbon fiber parts required fabricating a composite layup tool and trim fixture. Engineers chose to 3D print them with their Fortus 450mc™ FDM 3D printer since this would be faster and more economical than machining them from aluminum. The layup tool was 3D printed with ULTEM™ 1010 resin and the trim fixture with ABS-CF10 carbon fiber material.


However, FDM® Technology's inherent porous (cavities, channels or interstices) nature due to layer-by-layer construction would not provide the desired surface finish for both tools. Additionally, ABS-CF10 is not available on the Fortus 450mc and is currently compatible only with F123 Series™ printers, which Rocket Composites does not possess.

ABSCF10 comparison

The Solution: OpenAM™ Custom 3D Printing Settings and Parameters

Engineers installed OpenAM™ software on their Fortus 450mc which “opens” the printer, allowing them to alter print settings to optimize results.

Engineers created custom 3D printing profiles for ULTEM™ resin and ABS-CF10 to increase parameters like flow factor, extrusion temperature and raster penetration while slowing the raster fill velocity. OpenAM software also allowed engineers to add ABS-CF10 as an additional material to the Fortus 450mc for the trim fixture, which otherwise wouldn’t be possible without OpenAM software. 

The Impact of OpenAM™ Software and Composite Materials

Tuning the ULTEM™ 1010 resin and ABS-CF10 3D printing parameters resulted in tools that exhibited no porosity, providing surface finishes that met each tool’s design intent. In addition, the ability to use a non-bill-of-material FDM filament on its Fortus 450mc 3D printer allowed Rocket Composites to make an optimal material choice for the trim tool application.

The capabilities enabled by OpenAM software saved Rocket Composites $5700 and reduced delivery time by a week compared with the alternative machined-metal solution.

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Learn more about how Rocket Composites changed their 3D printing parameters on their Stratasys 3D printer. Resulting in a cost savings of $5,700 and reduced delivery time by 7 days. Download the use case and see how your brand can also leverage OpenAM™ Software.

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