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July 27, 2020

Arkema Invests in Continuous Composites, Strengthening Their Strategic Partnership

Pouring resin into CF3D® print head

Continuous Composites, creator of Continuous Fiber 3D Printing technology (CF3D®) is strengthening its partnership with Arkema, a leader in high-performance materials for composites

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Continuous Composites, creator of Continuous Fiber 3D Printing technology (CF3D®) is strengthening its partnership with Arkema, a leader in high-performance materials for composites and photocurable liquid resins for additive manufacturing. Arkema has invested in the American start-up to rapidly advance the development of 3D composite manufacturing, a groundbreaking innovation for strong, lightweight structures.

Continuous Composites is a pioneering technology company that has reinvented composite manufacturing techniques using their extensively patented CF3D® technology with a complete solution including software, hardware, materials, and motion platforms. The company’s core technology is driving a fundamental shift in composites design and manufacturing capabilities utilizing high-performance thermosets resins.

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

“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,” says Sumeet Jain, Senior Director of 3D Printing Worldwide at Arkema.
“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,” says Tyler Alvarado CEO and Co-Founder of Continuous Composites. “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.”

About Continuous Composites

Continuous Composites, established in 2015 and headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, owns the world's earliest granted patents on Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D®). Offering the most advanced composites and additive manufacturing solution, CF3D® redefines mainstream manufacturing. The CF3D® process leverages the power of composite materials with a 3D printing process to reduce the high cost, long lead times, and design constraints found in traditional manufacturing. CF3D® elevates the use of composites by bringing tailorable, snap curing thermoset materials solutions to new applications.

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Allie Hambling
ahambling@continuouscomposites.com
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