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Posted on May 15, 2017

New composite-based additive manufacturing technology

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Impossible Objects has announced its pilot 3D printer called Model One. According to Impossible Objects, based on years of research and development their composite-based additive manufacturing technology (CBAM) is an entirely new process that is fundamentally different from conventional additive manufacturing technologies.
 
CBAM is designed specifically for composites. It produces parts stronger than other additive manufacturing technologies, faster than traditional composite methods and with more design freedom, and has a broader selection of materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass. The goal is to produce the world's strongest additively manufactured composite parts, rivaling hand layup materials, at injection molding speeds.
 
"We've seen tremendous interest from a range of companies who want the advantages of 3D printing for their high-volume manufacturing and for materials they cannot get elsewhere," says Robert Swartz, chairman and founder of Impossible Objects. "Until now, there was no way to print functional parts with the mechanical and material properties at the scale these companies need. The Model One is just the beginning of what CBAM can do. Our CBAM technology has the potential to transform manufacturing as we know it."
 
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The Model One will empower customers throughout the entire manufacturing process, from prototyping to high-volume production. CBAM's completely new approach to 3D printing makes parts from fiber-reinforced composites, such as carbon, Kevlar and glass fiber fabrics bonded with thermoplastic matrix materials, ranging from nylon/ polyamide to polyethylene, PEEK, and more.These strong, lightweight composite parts are in high demand, saving energy, reducing environmental impact, and enhancing user experiences. CBAM makes functional parts and tools that have enormous advantage in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, defense, athletics, industrial, and medical device industries.
 
With faster build speeds than other additive manufacturing technologies Model One has the potential to enable companies to build parts at production speeds 100x faster than current methods. "Based on its combination of speed, strength and material sets, we believe Impossible Objects' CBAM could become an enabling technology for high-volume manufacturing," said Greg Ojeda, senior director of AM Ecosystem Development and Strategy at Jabil. "We've identified applications where Impossible Objects could deliver a competitive advantage and significant cost savings over conventional manufacturing processes. We are excited to take part in Impossible Objects' pilot program and look forward to working with the Impossible Objects' team."
 
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Source and top image: Impossible Objects
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