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3D Printer Delivers Complex Composite Parts 10x Faster
Impossible Objects' new CBAM-2 3D printing system 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, 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 printing.
- 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.
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