Continuous Composites have announced a strategic partnership with Arkema, through its Sartomer business line, in combining Continuous Composite’s patented Continuous Fiber 3D (CF3D) Printing technology with Arkema’s photocurable resin solutions, to accelerate the advancement of additive manufacturing with composite materials.
CF3D combines composite materials with a snap-curing 3D printing process to create a moldless, out-of-autoclave manufacturing technology resulting in a scalable technology that is said to significantly reduce the cost of manufacturing with composite materials. CF3D is also known in decreasing lead times, reducing manual labor, removing the need for expensive capital equipment and enabling complex geometries to be printed.
CF3D and Arkema’s advanced resins and laboratory testing facilities combined together is reported to enable development and certification of high-performance and lightweight material solutions. A library of advanced material solutions is expected to be established and commercialized through this strategic partnership.
“As an industry leader in materials, our strategic partnership with Arkema opens the door for us to merge Cf3D with their cutting-edge UV curable materials and apply Arkema’s long history in the composites field,” said Tyler Alvarado, CEO of Continuous Composites. “Their partnership will expedite the development and deployment of CF3D across a broad spectrum of industries and applications.”
“With Continuous Composite’s strong technical team and IP, this strategic partnership allows us to develop and position our materials with this revolutionary technology,” says Sumeet Jain, global business director for 3D printing at Sartomer. “We are excited to leverage our materials expertise in developing CF3D, disrupting traditional composites manufacturing, and bringing these advanced composite materials to new industries.”
Source: Composites World