Continuous Fiber 3D Printing disrupts manufacturing with the most advanced composites and additive manufacturing solution. Continuous Composites unveils a fully automated solution designed for every industry.
CF3D® technology begins with a continuous dry fiber that is impregnated in situ with a tailorable, snap curing thermosetting resin delivered by the end effector. The end effector is moved by a motion platform driven by proprietary software. Parts are printed with precision and optimized for the highest performance using continuous fibers.
CF3D® provided as One Solution includes the necessary hardware, materials, software, and motion platforms, bringing composites AM to the forefront. Continuous Composites concentrates on the user experience by presenting a comprehensive technology through a reliable product offering.
Advanced composite materials elevate the performance and functionality of additive manufacturing. Structural fibers (e.g., carbon, glass, aramid) and functional fibers (e.g., optical, metallic) are printed in a single-step process. CF3D® polymer matrix materials are tailorable for mechanical properties, heat transfer, and environmental durability to meet customer specifications. The material flexibility of CF3D® provides users the freedom to create limitless material combinations.
The software solution bridges the gap between traditional manufacturing part design and CF3D’s® unique printing process. The software enables early and mid-stage CAD integration, geometric and physical analysis, and CAM generation/validation. CF3D® is powered by a unique set of software tools developed to solve continuous anisotropic material printing by orienting fibers in all three dimensions.
The automated additive process leverages the true anisotropic properties of a continuous fiber by discretely printing in the direction of the load conditions. CF3D® provides breakthroughs in cost-effective composites manufacturing and reveals many new advantages to 3D printing with high-performance materials.
Continuous Composites owns some of the earliest granted patents on printing with continuous fibers and is an established innovation leader in the AM industry and composites.