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Arkema Invests in Continuous Composites to Rapidly Advance the Development of 3D Composite Manufacturing

Continuous fiber 3D printing
Continuous fiber 3D printing
Above: Arkema invests in Continuous Composites/Image Credit: Continuous Composites

Arkema, a leader in high-performance materials for composites and photocurable liquid resins for additive manufacturing, is taking its partnership with Continuous Composites, creator of Continuous Fiber 3D Printing technology (CF3D®), to the next level with an investment in the company to rapidly advance the development of 3D composite manufacturing, a groundbreaking innovation for strong, lightweight structures.

CONTINUOUS FIBER 3D PRINTING TECHNOLOGY (CF3D®)

Continuous fiber 3D printing
Above: Continuous fiber 3D printing technology (CF3D®)/Image Credit: Continuous Composites

The Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D®) is a technology patented by Continuous Composites that offers a complete reinvention of composite manufacturing techniques. The continuous fiber 3D printing technology comes with an end-to-end solution replete with software, hardware, materials, and motion platforms.

The company’s pioneering continuous fiber 3D printing technology is driving a fundamental shift in composites design and manufacturing capabilities utilizing high-performance thermosets resins.

STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

With world-renowned expertise in designing photocurable liquid resins, Arkema – through its Sartomer Business Line – has a specific N3xtDimension® offering for additive manufacturing processes and is now developing a new generation of solutions with their use for CF3D®. N3xtDimension® is part of the 3D Printing Solutions by Arkema platform, delivering an unlimited array of solutions for all major 3D manufacturing technologies worldwide.

Having signed a Joint Development Agreement (JDA) in September 2019 the two companies have already succeeded in hitting key milestones with the ongoing co-developments focused on progressing N3xtDimension® photocurable resins for the CF3D® process. This co-innovation has enabled the production of customized and large-scale composite parts with high performance mechanical properties for applications in aeronautics, automotive, and energy sectors, among many others.

According to Tyler Alvarado, CEO and Co-founder of Continuous Composites, “Our team diligently laid the foundation of our business and strategic relationships so when we enter the market, we have all the building blocks in place. Arkema’s JDA and strategic investment demonstrates our commitment to bringing an exponential growth curve to various industries. We are enabling more innovation through our alliance with Arkema’s 60 years of material science expertise and our dedicated R&D capabilities.”

Speaking about the investment, Sumeet Jain, Senior Worldwide Director of 3D Printing solutions by Arkema explained, “We are delighted to strengthen our strategic partnership with Continuous Composites, which has an agile, reliable team with a very strong entrepreneurial spirit. Our investment is a testament to our belief in the market opportunity of CF3D®. This collaboration will accelerate the development of innovative materials and disruptive manufacturing technology.”

Current development projects include collaborations with Lockheed Martin (US), Air Force Research Laboratory (US), and Siemens.


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