RAPID+TCT 2023: A Different Route to Additive Composites from Impossible Objects

Impossible Objects CEO Steve Hoover talks about a unique method for carbon composite additive manufacturing.

Composite materials are light and strong but suspending functional fillers into a liquid matrix limits extrusion type additive production. Higher aspect ratio fibers offer greater strength in critical applications, but orientation matters, both attributes that make prepreg woven sheet composites popular, but slow to produce. Impossible Objects CEO Steve Hoover shows engineering.com a unique additive method that impregnates sheets of filler with resin matrix and trims excess material. 

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Written by

James Anderton

Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for ENGINEERING.com. Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.