Continuous Composites, a developer of composite solutions for additive manufacturing technology, announced that it has secured a strategic investment from Saint-Gobain’s Venture Arm, NOVA to develop and commercialise Continuous Composites’ patented technology, Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D®).
In conjunction to the investment, the two companies executed a joint development agreement for the commercialization of CF3D®.
Continuous Fiber 3D Printing
The proprietary Continuous fiber 3D printing technology has the capability to rapidly manufacture fiber integrated 3D printed parts unlike many of the prevalent composite manufacturing technologies.
CF3D end effectors print continuous fibers in both single-channel and multi-channel configurations. Handling the material from start to finish, the end effectors impregnate the fibers in-situ and cure the fiber + resin combination instantly upon extrusion. CF3D is motion platform agnostic with scalable hardware solutions on both robots and gantries. Continuous Composites is re-engineering the bridge between the digital and physical worlds.
CF3D® combines high performance continuous fiber with rapid curing thermoset resins to enable affordable manufacturing of complex composite structures. CF3D® is an industry agnostic automated solution comprised of configurable hardware, proprietary software, and tailorable materials solutions for strong, lightweight applications.
According to Minas Apelian, Vice President of Internal and ExternalVenturing, Saint-Gobain, “Saint-Gobain recognizes the incredible opportunity and the potential of Continuous Composites’ CF3D® technology. This partnership will bring innovative solutions to our customers and we are excited to take this strategic step with theContinuous Composites team.”
Tyler Alvarado, Continuous Composites CEO commented, “The investment by Saint-Gobain allows our team access to an extensive pool of resources and expertise across their eight research centers worldwide. We are proud to be a portfolio company of NOVA by Saint-Gobain and together we are establishing CF3D® as a foundational technology in the AM 2.0 industry.”
Saint-Gobain is a €38.1-billion-turnover French multinational manufacturer and distributor of high-performance materials. This strategic investment is an initiative of NOVA, the external ventures arm of Saint-Gobain, which connects Startups with the company’s resources to nurture their ideas and grow their companies to scale.
Last year in July 2020, Arkema had invested in continuous composites to rapidly advance the development of 3D composite manufacturing.
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