INCLUDE MULTIMEDIA Difficult Things as well as Ricoh 3D Companion to produce high-strength, inexpensive 3D published components for commercial consumers throughout Europe
NORTHBROOK, Ill .– (BUSINESS WIRE) – A new partnership between the 3D printer and materials company Impossible Objects and leading 3D printing specialist Ricoh 3D will provide Ricoh 3D customers in Europe with extremely strong and lightweight printed composite parts for the first time.
Impossible Objects’ revolutionary Composite-based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) process enables stronger parts to be made at a lower cost than any other 3D printing process. Composites provide key benefits for 3D printed parts, including superior strength-to-weight ratios, fewer geometric constraints, superior high temperature performance, and higher chemical resistance.
“Composites will be an area with tremendous growth in additive manufacturing in the years to come. These new materials will change the game in a number of industries, ”said Mark Dickin, director of Additive Manufacturing & Molding Engineering at Ricoh 3D. “Impossible Objects’ CBAM process is revolutionizing the way composites are made. We are proud to work with the company to be at the forefront of the European movement. ”
Composite materials such as carbon fiber PEEK and carbon fiber PA12 are now available from Ricoh 3D’s AM service office.
“Our CBAM process represents a significant advancement in 3D printing, with faster speeds, better material properties and more material choices,” said Robert Swartz, chairman and founder of Impossible Objects. “Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and more have worked to manufacture everything from auto and airplane parts to sports equipment. By working with the Ricoh 3D team, who recognize the transformative potential of additive manufacturing, we will share these competitive advantages for more companies across Europe. ”
Impossible Objects’ proprietary CBAM technology can produce parts up to ten times faster than traditional 3D printing with Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). By combining high performance polymers like nylon and PEEK with carbon fiber and fiberglass sheets, parts printed with Impossible Objects machines are stronger, lighter, have better dimensional accuracy, and better temperature performance than traditional 3D printing processes. The CBAM process can create strong and resilient fine or flat parts, which is important for applications such as drones. These were impossible with FDM and FFF technologies due to the short, shredded fiber formation and lamination between layers, which results in parts falling apart under force.
Ricoh 3D is the latest industry partner to partner with Impossible Objects to advance additive manufacturing. Other employees are the chemical company BASF and TIGER Coatings.
Video about the CBAM process
Datasheets for printing with CBAM via Ricoh 3D
About impossible objects
Impossible Objects, a 3D printer and materials company, was founded on the belief that material science inventions would enable 3D printing to revolutionize the world in the same way that computers and the internet revolutionize our lives, work, and play have revolutionized. The company’s composite additive manufacturing technology (CBAM) is a completely new process that is fundamentally different from traditional additive manufacturing technologies. CBAM parts are stronger, lighter, have better temperature performance, and are more durable than other additive manufacturing technologies on the market. More information is available at www.impossible-objects.com.
About Ricoh 3D
Ricoh 3D is the additive manufacturing subsidiary of the leading technology and digital services company Ricoh. With over 80 years of manufacturing experience, Ricoh 3D is the trusted expert in industrial grade 3D printing and manufacturing solutions. From design and reverse engineering services to a wide range of SLS, MJF and FDM technologies to the company’s established injection molding equipment, Ricoh 3D is designed to seamlessly guide customers from design to prototype to series production. Further information can be found at https://rapidfab.ricoh-europe.com/