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Essentium has developed a process utilizing carbon nanotubes and plasma to create long awaited strength for 3D printed parts that are equal in strength to injection molded parts.

The process uses a two-part solution with a hardware accessory, Fusebox, and a proprietary carbon nanotube coated filament, FlashFuse Filament, to create the FlashFuse process of making isotropic 3D printed parts.

3D printing is being increasingly used in many industrial applications. However, failure in the interlayer bonding of the printed material has limited the 3D printing industry to trinkets and design prototypes. In other words, the bonds in between the printed layers are so weak that under heat, tension, or z-directional force, the layers will start to peel apart. As long as this problem persists, companies will never be able to extensively use this technology in structural or functional products.

Essentium has developed a breakthrough technology to address this issue by combining electrically-responsive nano-particles and precision electromagnetic fields to drastically increase z-directional strength, eliminating the inter-layer bonding issue that has plagued 3D printing for so long. Essentium coats the filament with a carbon nanotube solution to illuminate the weak joints between print layers with electromagnetic fields while printing.

With these proprietary processes and materials, Essentium can solve the z-directional strength issue, restoring up to 95% of the tensile strength of an injection molded piece.

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