At RAPID + TCT 2019, Impossible
Objects announced two watershed advances in composite 3D printing
for the factory floor. The company’s latest 3D printing system, the CBAM-2,
and a new partnership with BASF
on PA6-carbon fiber composites extend Impossible Objects’ patented composite
based additive manufacturing process (CBAM) to an unprecedented
range of industrial applications.
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“It’s been exciting to see how our customers are putting our approach to
work to create high-performance parts for everything from aircraft and
cars to lightweight athletic gear,” said Impossible Objects Founder and
Chairman Bob Swartz. “We’re continuing to bring machines, materials and
expertise to the market to transform the entire manufacturing process,
from prototyping through to high-volume production.”
The CBAM-2 Speeds Production of 3D Parts at Scale
The new CBAM-2 3D printing system, being shown at RAPID + TCT for the
first time, delivers complex parts on an industrial scale — speeding up
the additive manufacturing process as much as 10x. The CBAM-2 combines
high-performance polymers with long-fiber carbon and fiberglass sheets
to rapidly produce 3D composite parts that are stronger, lighter, with
better temperature performance, and more durable than possible with
conventional 3D printing methods.
Since Impossible Objects launched its flagship Model One 3D printer at
RAPID 2017, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies have adopted it.
Major automotive manufacturers including Ford
Motor Company, manufacturing services company Jabil, the United
States Air Force, and the National Institute for Aviation Research
(NIAR) among others are using Impossible Objects technology.
Features of the CBAM-2 include:
Production speed: The machine can produce high volumes of
production parts quickly — up to 10x faster than conventional 3D
Support for high-strength composites: The CBAM-2 can print 3D
parts from composites that are not available through any other 3D
printing method. Combining carbon fiber and fiberglass with
high-performance thermoplastics like PEEK and Nylon can produce parts
with better strength-to-weight ratios than metals, along with superior
temperature performance and chemical resistance.
Support for larger parts: Printed sheets can now reach up to 12
inches x 12 inches in size.
Increased precision: The CBAM-2 features three added cameras,
ensuring greater quality control and guaranteeing each sheet is
printed perfectly and each inkjet nozzle is fired seamlessly.
Streamlined maintenance: Automatic powder filling reduces
fill-time to days, and bulk ink cartridges eliminate the need to
refill ink frequently, allowing machines to run efficiently at a
significantly greater duration.
CBAM-2 machines will be available for customers beginning in Q3.
BASF Partnership: An Unmatched Range of Material Choices and
Impossible Objects also announced that through a collaboration with
BASF, its Model One and CBAM-2 printers will support BASF’s Ultrasint
PA6 (polyamide 6) powder, allowing customers to 3D print
high-performance carbon fiber-PA6 composite parts for the first time.
Carbon fiber-PA6 composites offer better strength and temperature
performance at a lower cost than PA12, and are up to four times stronger
than conventional Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) parts and twice as
strong as Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) parts made with PA12.
“Our collaboration with Impossible Objects opens up new possibilities
for customers, especially in the automotive and industrial sectors where
we’re seeing strong demand for PA6. This partnership is in line with our
philosophy of open innovation and support for open platforms. We’re
encouraged by how Impossible Objects is using PA6 and are excited to
work together to advance the state of additive manufacturing,” said Kara
Noack, regional business director for BASF 3D Printing Solutions.
“We’re honored to be collaborating with BASF 3D Printing Solutions to
make this economical workhorse polymer, which is used in an enormous
number of industrial applications, available to our customers,” added
Bob Swartz of Impossible Objects.
Customer Momentum: Manufacturing parts for legacy aircraft with UAMMI
The Utah Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Initiative (UAMMI) announced
the successful creation of its first carbon fiber 3D printed part for
the United States Air Force, made with an Impossible Objects printer.
The 3D printed part, a first aid kit restraint strap for B-1 aircraft at
Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, is the first step in UAMMI’s mission
to replace broken parts on legacy aircraft, whose original parts are no
longer in production. For more information, please
see UAMMI’s accompanying release.
Impossible Objects Secures Additional Funding
To meet the demand for its products, Impossible Objects has raised $4.1
million in funding in a round led by returning investor OCA Ventures,
bringing total funding to more than $13 million. The company raised
$6.4 million in Series A funding in October 2017 from OCA Ventures, IDEA
Fund Partners, Mason Avenue Investments, Huizenga Capital Management,
and Inflection Equity Partners.
about the CBAM manufacturing process.
about the BASF-Impossible Objects partnership.
of Impossible Objects CBAM-2.
- Visit Impossible Objects at booth #403 at RAPID + TCT.
About Impossible Objects
Impossible Objects, a 3D printer and materials company, was founded with
the belief that materials science inventions would enable 3D printing to
revolutionize the world in the same ways that computers and the Internet
have revolutionized the way we live, work and play. The company’s
proprietary composite-based additive manufacturing (CBAM) technology
produces parts up to 10 times faster than conventional 3D printing. By
combining high-performance polymers like Nylon and PEEK with long-fiber
carbon and fiberglass sheets, CBAM produces parts that are stronger,
lighter, with better temperature performance, and more durable than
possible with conventional 3D printing methods. For more information,