Impossible Objects  

3455 Commercial Ave.
Northbrook,  IL  60062-1909

United States
  • Booth: E8237

Impossible Objects’ revolutionary CBAM process is the fastest, lowest cost 3D printing process available. CBAM is completely new way of 3D printing that prints up to 10x faster, at up to half the cost of legacy methods and yields parts up to 10x stronger. CBAM has a greater material selection, with higher strength, including carbon fiber composites. CBAM can use almost any thermoplastic ranging from commodity materials like polyester to high-performance materials such as PEEK. This gives high strength-to-weight ratios that rival aluminum in strength at lower weight. CBAM also has better dimensional tolerances, and essentially no shrinkage or warpage. In addition, materials such as PEEK have better chemical resistance and exceptional heat performance. Parts are ideal for applications in automotive, aviation, webspace, defense and footwear.


CBAM2 3D Printing Process

 Press Releases

  • Impossible Objects 3D printed composite parts are available in Europe for the first time following the announcement of a  new partnership with Ricoh 3D.

    Impossible Objects’ proprietary CBAM technology is capable of producing parts faster than conventional FDM 3D printing, combining polymers like Nylon and PEEK with full fiber carbon fiber and fiberglass sheets.

    Composites including Carbon Fibre PEEK and Carbon Fiber PA12 are available through Ricoh 3D’s AM service bureau immediately.The CBAM process can create strong and resilient fine or flat parts, compared with those built using chopped fiber formation and lamination between layers, which can cause parts to fall apart under force.

    “Composites are set to be an area of huge growth in additive manufacturing in the coming years. These new materials will change the game across a number of industries,” said Mark Dickin, AM & Moulding engineering manager at Ricoh 3D."

    “Impossible Objects’ CBAM process is nothing short of a revolution in the way composites are manufactured, so we are proud to be working with the company to be at the forefront of the European movement.”

    “Our CBAM process represents a significant leap forward in 3D printing, with faster speeds, better material properties and wider material selection,” said Impossible Objects chairman Robert Swartz.

  • The collaboration with the global manufacturer of thermoset materials and high-quality surface solutions is said to further the development of thermoset-based 3D printed composites. Such materials are said to offer high strength-to-weight ratio which, when combined with the CBAM process, can deliver lightweight parts with a performance similar to that of metals. Additional benefits include the ability to retain shape at high temperatures, high chemical resistance, dimensional stability, and flame-retardancy.

    “We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Impossible Objects to unlock the potential of what was once considered an unworkable material,” said Dr. Clemens Steiner, Chief Executive Officer at TIGER. “By leveraging Impossible Objects’ CBAM technology, more industries than ever before can reap the benefits of thermoset composites through 3D printing.”

    The new materials will join carbon fiber and fiberglass sheets paired with PEEK, PA 6, PA 12, and most other thermoplastics on Impossible Objects list of CBAM compatible materials. The technology is said to produce parts up to ten times faster than conventional 3D printing systems with the latest CBAM-2 model capable of printing sheets now up to 12 x 12 inches in size.

    “From shoes to aircraft, 3D printing will completely transform manufacturing across industries,” said Bob Swartz, Founder and Chairman at Impossible Objects. “Our collaboration with TIGER demonstrates the key advantages of our CBAM process, including faster speed, better material properties, and a wider range of materials along with better dimensional accuracy.”

  • Impossible Objects announced that it would be joining a development agreement with Owens Corning targeted at developing new materials for Impossible Objects’ revolutionary composite-based additive manufacturing (CBAM) process. While Impossible Objects is both a 3D printers and materials company, though a global leader, Owens Corning focuses on the manufacture of building and industrial materials alone. Together the companies will create specialized materials tailor-made for composite-based additive manufacturing. They also hope to be able to achieve the production of stronger parts at costs lower than other 3D printing processes

    These new materials will include fiberglass composites. Fiberglass composite materials demonstrate impressive advantages for 3D printed parts, such as considerably greater strength-to-weight ratios compared to aluminum, lower costs, superior high-temperature performance and greater chemical resistance. Of these advantages low material cost is particularly important, especially in the context of broadening the adoption of additive manufacturing technologies. This is because materials used in 3D printing can often be more expensive than those used by traditional manufacturing methods by a factor of eight on a per-weight basis. It is also of note that the CBAM also allows for the combination of parts, and thus results in lower assembly costs.

    Speed is also an important factor when it comes to the benefits offered by 3D printing technology and is one of the main advantages offered by Impossible Objects’ proprietary CBAM technology. Impossible Objects’ proprietary CBAM technology is capable of producing parts up to ten times faster than conventional fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printing. “Our CBAM process is a revolution in 3D printing, with faster speeds, better material properties and wider material selection,” Robert Swartz, chairman and founder of Impossible Objects explains. “This collaboration with Owens Corning will allow us to quickly experiment with and refine new materials to significantly lower cost and bring unprecedented options for additive manufacturing.” The CBAM process is compatible with a wide variety of materials including carbon fiber and fiberglass paired with PEEK, PA 6, PA 12, elastomerics and most other thermoplastics. Moreover, Impossible Objects machines are able to combine high-performance polymers like Nylon and PEEK with carbon fiber and fiberglass nonwoven materials. This means that they are able to print parts which are stronger, lighter, and have better dimensional accuracy as well as better temperature performance than what’s possible with conventional 3D printing methods.

    By combining Impossible Objects’ CBAM process and Owens Corning’s fully integrated glass nonwoven manufacturing capabilities, the pair will be able to amplify the CBAM process to an industrial scale, and thus also allow the process to compete with other high-volume manufacturing methods like injection molding. Also, thanks to the elimination of long lead-times and tooling costs involved in injection molding, the CBAM process can eliminate the while enabling mass customization of parts. According to Dr. Chris Skinner, Vice President of Strategic Marketing, Composites, Owens Corning. “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.” Together, Owens Corning and Impossible Objects are aiding 3D printing technologies in revolutionizing the world in the same ways that computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way we live.

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