Impossible objects, Composite-based additive manufacturing (CBAM) company has announced a partnership with TIGER Coatings, powder coatings & digital printing solutions provider that will focus on enhancing its line-up of high-performance 3D printing materials
The collaboration will bring together experiences in the development of thermoset-based 3D printed composites to achieve and enhance materials that offer a high strength-to-weight ratio which, when combined with the CBAM process. These materials will be able to deliver lightweight parts with a performance similar to that of metals.
Additional benefits of objects printed with thermoplastic materials is the ability of the parts to retain shape at high temperatures, outstanding chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and flame-retardancy.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Impossible Objects to unlock the potential of what was once considered an unworkable material,” said Dr. Clemens Steiner, Chief Executive Officer at TIGER. “By leveraging Impossible Objects’ CBAM technology, more industries than ever before can reap the benefits of thermoset composites through 3D printing.”
The collaboration hopes to develop materials that will make 3D printing parts up to ten times faster than conventional 3D printing systems with the latest CBAM-2 model capable of printing sheets now up to 12 x 12 inches in size. The material will come to add to Impossible Objects list of CBAM compatible materials which includes carbon fiber and fiberglass sheets paired with PEEK, PA 6, PA 12, and most other thermoplastics
“From shoes to aircraft, 3D printing will completely transform manufacturing across industries,” said Bob Swartz, Founder, and Chairman at Impossible Objects. “Our collaboration with TIGER demonstrates the key advantages of our CBAM process, including faster speed, better material properties, and a wider range of materials along with better dimensional accuracy.”
The announcement coincides with the news that two new customers, The Rochester Institute of Technology and Thinking Robot Studios, have adopted Impossible Objects’ CBAM-2 machines for use in multifunctional 3D printing R&D and orthopedic solutions respectively. The company also added that Wichita State University’s National Institute for Aviation Research has begun initial steps in utilizing the technology to design and test composite aerospace parts and prototypes.