Impossible Objects unveils next-generation 3D printer

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AM company says its partnership with BASF will bring industry-first composite to 3D printing.

At RAPID + TCT 2019, Impossible Objects announced its the CBAM-2, its latest 3D printing system. According to the company, its CBAM-2 combines high-performance polymers with long-fiber carbon and fiberglass sheets to produce 3D composite parts that are stronger, lighter, with better temperature performance, and more durable than with conventional 3D printing methods.

Capable of creating sheets up to 12 inches x 12 inches, the CBAM-2 can print composites that combine carbon fiber and fiberglass with thermoplastics like PEEK and Nylon. The composites posses better strength-to-weight ratios than metals, along with superior temperature performance and chemical resistance, the company says.

The CBAM-2 also features three added cameras to improve quality control while its automatic powder filling capability reduces fill-time. CBAM-2 machines will be available for customers beginning in Q3.

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