Continuous Composites power their revolutionary composite manufacturing process with Spatial SDKs.Read Article
Continuous Composites power their revolutionary composite manufacturing process with Spatial SDKs.
Continuous Composites, a pioneer in the area of continuous-fiber 3D printing using a moldless, out-of-autoclave (OoA) composite manufacturing process announces today its strategic partnership with Spatial Corp., the leading provider of 3D software development toolkits for design, manufacturing, and engineering solutions, and a subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes. Continuous Composites is using Spatial’s SKDs in the development of this process.
Composite materials are far superior to metals from a strength-to-weight ratio; however, they are typically only found in high-end applications due to the cost of traditional composite manufacturing processes. Continuous Composites’ revolutionary continuous-fiber 3D printing (CF3D®) process uses an industrial robot to print with dry fibers, impregnated with resin in situ, removing the need for expensive molds and capital equipment such as autoclaves and ovens.
Continuous Composites’ CF3D® process starts with high-performance continuous fibers such as aerospace-grade carbon fiber, glass fiber, or Kevlar. During the printing process, the fiber is impregnated with a rapid-curing thermoset resin inside the print head rather than using costly prepreg fibers (fiber material pre-impregnated with resin). An industrial robot controlled by Continuous Composites’ CF3D® software creates the needed print head motion while the impregnated fiber is pulled through the print head. The wet fiber is then cured using a high-intensity energy source (e.g. UV, heat, etc.), instantaneously resulting in a true 3D composite part.
“Our CF3D® process enables true 3D printing, moving beyond the traditional stacking of 2D layers to create the final product. As a result, we needed innovative software to drive our patented CF3D® process,” said Tyler Alvarado, CEO of Continuous Composites. “Spatial’s CGM Core Modeler provides us not only with a powerful geometric modeling kernel for our software, but also access to quick and efficient geometric operations needed for generating the complex toolpaths needed for CF3D®. In addition to the CGM Core Modeler, we are excited about the possibilities CGM Polyhedra brings to our workflow. The power of polygonal and B-rep modeling can now be combined to enable workflow innovation never before possible.”
This partnership also provides Continuous Composites access to 3D InterOp, the industry-leading 3D CAD data translation software development toolkit. Spatial’s 3D InterOp enables Continuous Composites to import 3D data in all the major 3D data exchange formats into their CF3D® software.
“Continuous Composites receiving the JEC Innovation Award for 3D printing at JEC World 2019 is recognition of the disruptive nature of this groundbreaking technology in manufacturing,” said Omar-Pierre Soubra, Director of Marketing and Communications at Spatial Corp. “We are pleased to have our 3D modeling SDKs selected to power this revolutionary process.”
Spatial Corp., a Dassault Systèmes subsidiary, is the leading provider of 3D software development toolkits for technical applications across a broad range of industries. Spatial 3D modeling, 3D visualization, and CAD translation software development toolkits help application developers deliver market-leading products, maintain focus on core competencies, and reduce time-to-market. For over 30 years, Spatial’s 3D software development toolkits have been adopted by many of the world's most recognized software developers, manufacturers, research institutes, and universities. Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, Spatial has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, China, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.spatial.com.
ACIS, 3DScript and SAT are registered trademarks and CGM is a trademark of Spatial Corp. CF3D is a trademark of 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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