Ricoh 3D Launches Powder-Based 3D Composite

A leading 3D printing specialist has introduced carbon fibre composites to its line-up of high-performance materials through a partnership with composite-based manufacturer Impossible Objects.

Ricoh 3D is one of the first AM service bureaus to make 3D printed Carbon Fibre PEEK and Carbon Fibre PA12 materials commercially available in Europe for functional prototypes and small batch production. The unique printing process leverages high-speed 2D graphics technology to create a high performance, reinforced composite part.

The end result is extremely cost-effective parts with impressive strength-to-weight ratios and a performance similar to that of metals. Compared to traditional composite manufacturing, Impossible Objects’ Composite Based Additive Manufacturing (CBAM) process creates much stronger parts with very few geometric restrictions, at significantly lower prices than have been possible before. This is especially good news for aerospace and drone manufacturers, as fine features and flat parts were previously impossible with FDM and FFF technologies due to the short, chopped fibre formation and lamination between layers, causing parts to fall apart under force.

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