Ford Latest Fortune 500 to Purchase Impossible Objects’ 3D Printers

Impossible Objects today announced that Ford Motor Company, the best-selling car brand in America and ranked in the top 10 of the Fortune 500, is a customer.

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

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

The Ford news is the latest in a series of positive 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.

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.

The Model One empowers customers throughout the entire manufacturing process, from prototyping to high-volume production, allowing businesses to:

  • Create Stronger Parts: Through Impossible Objects’ unique process, Model One is able to create parts that are many times stronger than current 3D printers.
  • Use a range of high-quality advanced materials: 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.
  • Power 3D printing at scale: 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 the prototype and mass production.

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

About Impossible Objects

Impossible Objects Inc. was founded in 2009 with the belief that materials sciences inventions would enable 3D printing to revolutionize the world in the same ways that computers and the Internet have revolutionized the way we live, work and play. Impossible Objects is venture-backed and is staffed by a multidisciplinary team with extensive experience in manufacturing, additive manufacturing, materials sciences, aerospace, composite materials and engineering, and developing and commercializing new technologies.

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Impossible Objects Receives 2018 Award for Excellence in Composite Manufacturing

SME Recognizes Leaders in Composites Manufacturing at AeroDef 2018

Larry Pelham, Impossible Objects, and Bell Helicopter receive industry awards for longtime contributions

Mar 27, 2018

LONG BEACH, Calif., March 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — SME, a nonprofit organization that supports the manufacturing industry, along with its Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, recognized an industry leader and prominent composites manufacturing company with its 2018 Composites Manufacturing Awards.
From left to right: SME CEO and Executive Director, Jeff Krause; Paul Oldroyd, Technical Fellow, Bell Helicopter; Bob Swartz, Chairman and Founder of Impossible Objects; Carroll Grant Composites Consultant/Contractor, Aerospace Composites Consulting; Larry Pelham, Senior Engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; and Tom Kurfess, 2018 SME President and Professor and HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, Georgia Institute of Technology.
From left to right: SME CEO and Executive Director, Jeff Krause; Paul Oldroyd, Technical Fellow, Bell Helicopter; Bob Swartz, Chairman and Founder of Impossible Objects; Carroll Grant Composites Consultant/Contractor, Aerospace Composites Consulting; Larry Pelham, Senior Engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; and Tom Kurfess, 2018 SME President and Professor and HUSCO/Ramirez Distinguished Chair in Fluid Power and Motion Control, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Composites combine different materials that work together to form, stronger, lighter or more durable new materials. The materials remain an important component of advanced aerospace manufacturing and have been applied to the automotive industry, appliances and consumer goods of every type.

“The composites industry continues to grow through extraordinary research and innovation by people whose work stands the test of time,” said Louis C. “Lou” Dorworth, co-chair of SME’s Composites Manufacturing Tech Group, and manager, Direct Services Division for Abaris Training Resources Inc. “We’re proud to recognize the highest achievers; the true leaders of our industry.”

2018 J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award

First awarded in 1986, the J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award celebrates individuals for their innovation and achievement in composites, particularly solving issues related to production and applications development.

Larry Pelham, senior engineer, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and a composites manufacturing leader for over 10 years, is the recipient of the 2018 J.H. “Jud” Hall Composites Manufacturing Award. He was recognized for designing, developing, building and implementing the MSFC development facility to fabricate composite cryotanks and upper-stage structures using automated fiber-placement technology both for in and out of the autoclave applications to be used in next-generation launch systems to outer space.

2018 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award (Small and Large Company)

Impossible Objects was recognized with the 2018 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award (Small Company) for its composite-based additive manufacturing technology, CBAM, which is an entirely new process that is fundamentally different from conventional additive manufacturing technologies. The CBAM process is designed specifically for composites. It produces parts stronger than other additive manufacturing technologies, faster than traditional composite methods and with more design freedom, it has a broader selection of materials, including carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiberglass.

Bell Helicopter was recognized with the 2018 Excellence in Composites Manufacturing Award (Large Company) for its distinction in the field of advanced composites manufacturing. Bell’s recent advancements have improved manufacturing efficiency and quality by incorporating advanced manufacturing techniques, more extensive automation, material advancements, additive manufacturing and exploitation of the digital revolution.

Honorees received their awards during SME’s AeroDef Manufacturing event on March 27 in Long Beach, California.

About AeroDef Manufacturing
AeroDef Manufacturing is a leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME, in partnership with industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. Learn more at aerodefevent.com.

About SME
SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 85 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through an education foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at sme.org, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.