Impossible Objects 3D printed composite parts are set to be available in Europe for the first time following the announcement of a new partnership with Ricoh 3D.
Impossible Objects’ proprietary CBAM technology is capable of producing parts faster than conventional FDM 3D printing, combining polymers like Nylon and PEEK with full fibre carbon fibre and fibreglass sheets.
The CBAM process can create strong and resilient fine or flat parts, compared with those built using chopped fibre formation and lamination between layers, which can cause parts to fall apart under force.
Composites including Carbon Fibre PEEK and Carbon Fibre PA12 are available through Ricoh 3D’s AM service bureau immediately.
“Composites are set to be an area of huge growth in additive manufacturing in the coming years. These new materials will change the game across a number of industries,” said Mark Dickin, AM & Moulding engineering manager at Ricoh 3D.
“Impossible Objects’ CBAM process is nothing short of a revolution in the way composites are manufactured, so we are proud to be working with the company to be at the forefront of the European movement.”
“Our CBAM process represents a significant leap forward in 3D printing, with faster speeds, better material properties and wider material selection,” said Impossible Objects chairman Robert Swartz.
“Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and more have already put it to work to create everything from car and aircraft parts to athletic gear. By collaborating with the team at Ricoh 3D who recognises the transformative potential of additive manufacturing, together we will bring these competitive advantages to more organisations across Europe.”
Ricoh 3D is the latest industry partner to join forces with Impossible Objects to drive its additive manufacturing technology forward, with other collaborators include chemical giant BASF and Tiger Coatings.