We’d like to introduce 0rCA® by Fishy Filaments, our 100% recycled PA-CF filament providing Performance and Sustainability
0rCA® by Fishy Filaments is a 100% recycled PA-CF material.
That’s 100% recycled Nylon 6 with 100% recycled Carbon Fibre fill. We believe this is a first of its kind.
It uses our ‘Longships’ blend of recycled Nylon 6 (PA6) from fishing nets and will be compounded in-house. The carbon fibres are a blend of products that we’ve designed to optimise typical ‘CF’ gains in strength against printability and nozzle life.
Where our Porthcurno blend is an uncompromising product designed to deliver maximum carbon saving vs virgin equivalents, 0rCA® uses a proprietary blend of carbon fibres to deliver a ‘best of all worlds’ performance envelope.
We use our Longships blend of 100% recycled Marine Nylon® and combine it with a multi-source blend of carbon fibres chosen to deliver a full spectrum of strength, usability and carbon emissions saving.
Mechanical tests show that this will compare exceptionally well with virgin equivalents, but with only around 10% of carbon impact. We have Life Cycle Assessments for both the nylon and the carbon fibre, but have yet to find a competing material that provides the same degree of sustainability data.
Target markets for this new material are sectors where momentum is a key performance indicator; such as mobility, high speed componentry and performance sports. To date we have seen interest from automakers, drone makers, water sports, cycling and lighting (for its heat resistance).
This is a material that has the potential to shift the market’s perception on what ‘recycled’ can mean for high value AM, just as our Porthcurno product did when launched in 2019.
We have made 0rCA® to be a more accessible material than Porthcurno, but be in no doubts this is an industry grade solution to the question; ‘Performance or Sustainability ?’
Now you can have both.
0rCA® by Fishy Filaments providing Performance and Sustainability
Notes to editors;
0rCA (zero ‘r’ ‘CA’) pronounced Aw-Ka, was the product code name indicating Net Zero – Recycled CArbon. The logo is suggestive of an Orca leaping (Free Willy style) but is stylistically linked to the Fishy Filaments F-logo.
Both Longships and Porthcurno are 100% recycled blends of Nylon 6 (PA6) made from used Cornish fishing nets that come from the MSC Certified Cornish Hake fleet operating out of Newlyn harbour in Cornwall. Our Patent Pending process is called ‘Probabilistic Shaped Particle Cleaning®’ or PSPC and is designed to fit into a deployable shipping container so that fishing communities can generate income from the material from which their old nets are made, while at the same time reducing the potential for environmental harm.
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