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Ford installs two Model One composite 3D printers from Impossible Objects

Ford recently purchased two Impossible Objects “Model One” composite 3D printing machines to be used by the company for research and development.

This the latest in a series of announcements for Impossible Objects in recent months. The company raised $6.4 million in Series A funding from leading investors in October 2017. In addition, Ford joins a growing list of Fortune 500 companies signing on to use Impossible Objects’ machines.

That list includes Jabil, a product solutions company providing comprehensive design, manufacturing, supply chain and product management services, which bought a machine in the summer of 2017. The Model One has won several prestigious industry awards, including the Innovation Award at the RAPID + TCT 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing conference for the service or product that will have the greatest impact on the industry, as well as the European TCT Technology Innovation Hardware Award and the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s (SME) 2018 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award.

“We believe there’s a huge opportunity for our technology across the $12 trillion global manufacturing market, and we’re honored to have Ford as a customer. We’re looking forward to working with Ford and exploring all the ways the company can use 3D printing at scale.”

Bob Swartz, Chairman and Founder, Impossible Objects.

As demonstrated by the recent developments, industry experts and leading manufacturers across a variety of sectors are recognizing and looking to add Impossible Objects’ game-changing technology to their manufacturing process. Leveraging high-speed 2D graphics technologies, it enables companies to use a wide-range of composite and advanced materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass together with PEEK and other high-performance polymers, to build the strongest, lightweight parts at scale.

Ford Impossible Objects

The Model One empowers customers throughout the entire manufacturing process, from prototyping to high-volume production. Through Impossible Objects’ unique process, Model One is able to create parts that are many times stronger than current 3D printers.

In addition, Impossible Objects enables companies to build truly functional parts, from high-performance materials that other processes cannot use, such as carbon fiber and PEEK. Because of the composite makeup, customers will be able to customize the part applications, whether to have heat and/or chemical resistant properties, stiffness or flexibility, or other attributes.

Finally, with faster build speeds than other additive manufacturing technologies and traditional composite lay-up techniques, Impossible Objects has the potential to enable companies to build vital parts at production speeds 100x faster than current methods. Further, users can make the same part for prototype and mass production.

The Model One system is now shipping and being delivered to customers.

 

Victor Anusci

Victor does not really exist. He is a pseudonym for several writers in the 3D Printing Media Network team. As a pseudonym, Victor has also had a fascinating made-up life story. He works extra-hard whenever he is needed to create unique content, making it look like more people are working on this website. In fact, it seems almost impossible that such a small team of people can really produce so much original content on 3D printing, day in and day out. Go 3dpbm!

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