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The United States develops revolutionary additive manufacturing carbon fiber parts

2018-07-13

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Impossible Objects announced that they have conducted a collaborative research and development agreement based on Impossible Objects '(CBAM) composite additive manufacturing technology. Impossible Objects' process is similar to FDM, however, in direct connection with FDM Stacked on an empty print bed, the technique is printed on a fibreboard. Through this printing process, the machine stacks specific layers of material and fuses them together using a built-in heat source. Finally, a technician removes the unwanted material and the printing process is complete.

Carbon Fiber Sheet 1

Impossible Objects is able to use higher-strength materials for 3D printing technologies such as carbon fiber, aramid fiber and fiberglass compared to common 3D printers that currently only print thermoplastics. Parts after printing are 2 times to 10 times stronger than parts printed using traditional thermoplastic 3D. Thanks to its unique composite construction, users can also customize it for a variety of applications, including thermal and chemical etching.

The project will focus on equipment at ORNL's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, focusing first on the suitability of composite molds produced by CBAM technology and then testing other large components such as automotive body panels. Impossible Objects believes CBAM technology is becoming a mainstream manufacturing process. Impossible Objects already has customers purchasing components made by CBAM Technology. This collaboration, combined with the depth and breadth of research in the Composites through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory research team and its expertise in carbon fiber additive manufacturing, will bring new excitement to Impossible Objects' technology and businesses.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a large national laboratory owned by the U.S. Department of Energy, was established in 1943 and was originally built as part of the Manhattan Project in the United States to primarily produce and separate uranium and plutonium. Formerly known as Clinton Laboratory. After April 2000 by the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute jointly managed. Their mission is to tackle the most serious scientific problem facing the United States nowadays and to develop new technologies to create a better life for mankind and protect mankind.

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