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ABS filament with aramid fibres with excellent mechanical strength.

ABS is a plastic formed from acrylonitrile, butadiene and styrene. It's called engineering plastic because it's a material with superior mechanical and thermal properties than conventional plastics, which also implies greater printing difficulties.

Due to its composition, ABS has the following properties:

  • Acrylonitrile provides hardness, resistance to high temperatures, resistance to chemical products and rigidity.
  • Butadiene offers temperature toughness, especially when it's low and impact resistance.
  • Styrene provides more rigidity and mechanical strength.

The combination of these three blocks makes ABS a plastic that is widely used in industrial sectors such as the automotive industry or in commonly used products (toys, household appliance casings, etc.). ABS is one of the most widely used materials for 3D printing, so it is not surprising that manufacturers are developing new materials based on ABS.

Nanovia ABS AF, a FFF filament reinforced with aramid fibres, is suitable for the creation of non-conductive and impact-resistant parts, capable of withstanding temperatures up to 100 °C.

Aramid fibres are lighter than carbon and glass fibres, less abrasive and improve the mechanical properties of the material, facilitating the printing process by reducing warping.

Thanks to the aramid fibres, this filament has a good adhesion to the base. In addition, it is compatible with all FDM 3D printers with which excellent printing properties are obtained.

Among its advantages we can highlight:

  • Higher mechanical strength compared to standard ABS
  • Low warpage when printing (even less than with carbon fibre composites)
  • Increased friction and impact resistance
  • Less abrasive fibre compared to carbon and glass

It is advisable to store the spools in a dry place, preferably with desiccant.

It should be noted that ABS AF is a hygroscopic material, which means that it absorbs moisture from the air. This can cause a decrease in print quality. To keep the filament free of moisture, it is advisable to store the spools in a dry place, preferably with desiccant. It is recommended to store the spools in vacuum packaging such as PrintDry or Fiber Three safe drying cases or to use a PrintDry II filament dryer.

Printing parameters are similar to standard ABS, the recommended extrusion temperature is between 240 to 260 °C and the printing bed should be at a temperature between 100 and 110 °C.

It is advisable to print this material in an area equipped with air extraction or suitable protection. During printing, ABS can release VOCs and styrene derivatives.

General information
Manufacturer Nanovia (France)
Material ABS AF
Format Spool of 500 g
Density 1.04 g/cm3
Diameter of filament 1.75 or 2.85 mm
Diameter tolerance ±0,05 mm
Filament length -
Color Black
RAL/Pantone  -
Print settings
Printing temperature 240-260ºC
Print bed temperature 100-110ºC
Chamber temperature Not necessary
Cooling fan Not recommended
Recommended printing speed 20-60 mm/s
Nozzle diameter >0.5 mm
Mechanical properties
Izod impact strength -
Charpy impact strength 17.5 kJ/m2
Elongation at break (ISO 527) 3%
Tensile strength -
Tensile Modulus  -
Flexural strength -
Flexural modulus (ISO 527) 2600 MPa
Surface hardness -
Thermal properties
Softening temperature 110ºC
Melting temperature -
Volumetric resistance  -
Surface resistance -
Specific properties
Transparency  -
Additional Information
HS Code 3916.9
Diameter coil (outer) -
Diameter coil (inner hole) -
Coil Width -

* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend confirming the results and final properties with own tests. For more information you should consult the technical data sheet of the product.

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