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Continuous Composites, Saint-Gobain collaboration advances CF3D technology

Saint-Gobain to bring CF3D production systems in-house, with a focus on certifying the patented technology for use in commercial aerospace applications.
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Continuous Composites' patented CF3D technology.

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Composites additive manufacturer Continuous Composites (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, U.S.) announces the execution of a joint development agreement (JDA) with Saint-Gobain (Courbevoie, France), a multinational manufacturer and distributor of high-performance solutions. The strategic collaboration was formed to advance and certify Continuous Composites’ patented Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D) technology for commercial aerospace applications, and follows Saint-Gobain’s earlier March 2021 investment in the CF3D technology.

CF3D is an automated manufacturing solution for additively manufacturing strong, lightweight, aerospace-grade composite components applicable to many industries. By combining high-performance continuous fiber with rapid curing thermoset resins, CF3D is said to increase the efficiency of the composite parts manufacturing process to deliver substantially lower cost and shorter lead times as compared to conventional methods. CF3D offers a wide range of materials for manufacturing both traditional and high-temperature composites, as well as multi-functional structures enabled by printed sensors and wires.

“This innovative technology will help our customers solve weight and structural challenges that are inherent in aerospace applications,” says Scott Huth, general manager, Aerospace, Saint-Gobain Mobility. “Together, we are fast-tracking CF3D for aerospace and we are thrilled to be part of this technology.”

Saint-Gobain reports that it will bring Continuous Composites’ CF3D production systems in-house to be located at Saint-Gobain’s manufacturing centers of excellence in the U.S. or Europe, providing access to state-of-the-art facilities and testing equipment. Engineers from both companies will collaborate on the technology, focusing on a wide range of CF3D material solutions, including high-temperature components.

Additionally, through the collaboration, Saint-Gobain says it will offer innovative solutions enabled by CF3D to new and existing applications for aerostructures, engine parts and interiors (see “Continuous Composites demonstrates CF3D technology for Lockheed Martin, AFRL WiSDM project”). Saint-Gobain will lead the certification of the CF3D process and materials for commercial aerospace applications.

“Saint-Gobain has a longstanding reputation for driving innovation, working with cutting-edge technologies in a multitude of industries, and CF3D is no exception,” says Tyler Alvarado, CEO of Continuous Composites. “The demonstrated performance of CF3D meets the strict standards of the aerospace industry, and we are proud to be partners with Saint-Gobain through their equity investment and JDA.”

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