Impossible Objects and Fiberglass composites leader Owens Corning is set to develop fiberglass composites for resin 3D printing. The new material is set to be used with Impossible Object’s CBAM process, CBAM meaning composite based additive manufacturing, offering high strength to weight ratios and excellent chemical resistance. The two companies aim to create a 3D printable low-cost alternative to metals like aluminum.

By combining the CBAM process with Corning’s glass non-woven manufacturing expertise, the partnership is expected to bring more composites into the production environment for high-strength and high-volume applications. The end goal is for the technology to compete with standard manufacturing, like injection molding while simultaneously cutting down lead times and tooling costs and also enabling customization.

Skinner adds, “We have found the Impossible Objects technology and know-how potentially transformative for the conversion of some applications to composites. Because we believe it can be successful and deliver value to the market and our customers, we’ve entered into a joint agreement to support the development further.”

The two companies are not alone in their endeavour. Netherlands-based 3D printing material specialist Liqcreate recently added an ultra-rigid ceramic-reinforced composite resin to its photopolymer portfolio.

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