Illinois Patent of the Month – May 2024

The world of three-dimensional (3D) fabrication is evolving rapidly, thanks to innovative technologies and materials developed by companies like Impossible Objects, Inc. Their latest invention promises to revolutionize the way we create 3D objects, offering significant improvements over existing methods.

At the heart of this invention lies a novel approach to powder materials used in 3D printing. Unlike traditional powders, which are often limited in terms of size, shape, and composition, the engineered powders developed by Impossible Objects enable precise control over these parameters. Through processes like emulsion aggregation and chemically-produced toner, each powder particle is meticulously designed to meet specific requirements, resulting in improved powder flowability, surface morphology, and overall print quality.

But it’s not just about the powders. Impossible Objects has also introduced a groundbreaking binder material into the mix: sodium silicate. Unlike conventional binders, sodium silicate does not burn at the high temperatures required for some fabrication processes, opening up new possibilities for substrate construction. Whether it’s non-woven fiber veils or carbon fiber sheets, substrates with sodium silicate binders offer unparalleled durability and stability.

The combination of engineered powders and sodium silicate binders enables the creation of three-dimensional objects with unparalleled precision and strength. From intricate prototypes to functional parts, the possibilities are endless. And with a wide range of materials to choose from, including nylon, elastomers, and polyethylene, designers and engineers have the flexibility to bring their visions to life like never before.

But perhaps the most exciting aspect of this invention is its potential to accelerate the pace of innovation. By streamlining the 3D printing process and expanding the materials palette, Impossible Objects is empowering creators to push the boundaries of what’s possible. Whether it’s in aerospace, automotive, or consumer electronics, the impact of this technology is bound to be felt across industries.

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