Impossible Objects’s new CBAM 25 3D printer claims to achieve volume manufacturing, relies on Dyndrite ADK software

Machine manufacturer Impossible Objects has just added another 3D printer to its CBAM composite 3D printing portfolio. Named CBAM 25, the company claims that the machine would print fifteen times faster than the competition, bringing this way 3D printing to volume manufacturing.

According to a press release, the CBAM 25 high-performance composite materials enable engineers to design stronger, lighter and more durable parts. Most notably, the Carbon Fiber PEEK material set achieves very high chemical and temperature resistance, and mechanical properties superior to most engineering plastics. Carbon Fiber PEEK parts are a suitable alternative for aluminum, tooling, spares, repairs and end-use parts.  Impossible Objects is currently producing and selling parts in untapped 3D markets such as electronic tooling and for a broad range of applications, including aerospace, defense, and transportation industries. It is also replacing CNC machining with greater geometric freedom.

CBAM uses roll-fed inkjet technology which provides a printing rate of 25 feet per minute, or nearly 11,000 cm^3/hr of parts printed per hour. The 3D printer relies on Dyndrite’s Application Development Kit (ADK) to enable an easy to use GUI and automated CAD-to-print workflows.

Benefits include faster processing of native CAD 3D data, reductions in tedious manual labor, automated labeling and nesting that optimizes build space and minimizes scrap, and customizable workflows that allow significantly faster time to a first part. With Dyndrite, Impossible Objects created an automated CAD-to-print workflow with a build time ten times faster than before, a 90% reduction in manual labor and improved build block use by 20%, Dyndrite explains.

Impossible Objects’ CEO, Steve Hoover, emphasizes the importance of production speed with the new CBAM 25: “With a fifteen times speed improvement over existing 3D printers our new CBAM 25 completes the transition of 3D printing from its roots in prototyping to the heartland of manufacturing. It’s hard to actually imagine what fifteen times faster means. For a comparison, this is also the speed difference between the fastest human running the mile and a Formula race car in a straight away. That’s the same difference that our new CBAM 25 has versus prior technologies. We believe that this is a huge-step forward not only for our company, but also our industry, as it moves 3D printing into volume manufacturing.”

Commercially available in early 2024, attendees at the upcoming Rapid + TCT will have the opportunity to see the CBAM 25.

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