EnvisionTEC recently announced the SLCOM 1 3D printer, the first commercial printer to use the patent pending process known as Selective Lamination Composite Object Manufacturing to create woven materials.
This newly launched 3D printer can extrude woven fiber composite parts, resulting in glass, carbon fiber, or other aramid fibers suitable for the aerospace and automotive industries as well as other high-pressure environments. It works by building up composite parts layer-by-layer out of laminated thermoplastic composite fabric sheets. The sheets come in a roll, and EnvisionTEC is offering a variety of different types of materials. The printer can produce objects up to 24” x 30” and 24” in height.
>Read more by Megan Crouse, Product Design & Development, May 18, 2016