Free Form Fibers announced today the successful production of pure boron fibers from its Fiber Laser Printer™. This laser-driven system extracts inorganic fiber from special gases using a parallel array of laser beams, producing fibers of incomparable purity and performance. “This is a first for the high performance fibers market” commented John Schneiter, Free Form Fibers CEO. “It has been known for some time that boron outperforms carbon on a strength-to-weight ratio basis, but until now it has been impossible to actually manufacture a small diameter, pure boron fiber that can be used as a replacement for carbon.” Boron fiber has over twice the strength-to-weight ratio as carbon, which means that over half the weight of today’s composites can be removed by replacing carbon fiber with boron. This will prove vitally important in weight-sensitive applications such as aerospace and high performance sporting goods. “We firmly believe that, in the materials world, boron is to carbon what carbon was to aluminum a generation ago,” Schneiter explained.
“Manipulation of Ceramic Fibers to EXpressLO™ Grids for FIB/TEM Analysis” is a paper co-authored with highly respected Transmission Electron Microscopy expert Lucille A. Giannuzzi.
Microscopy and Microanalysis Journal 22 (Suppl 3), 2016
Future of tech, economic development on display at CEG awards
Free Form Fibers wins the Technology Innovation award for its ceramic fiber development work.
Dr. John Schneiter, CEO of Free Form Fibers, was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Engineers at the University of Connecticut at a ceremony in Storrs, CT on April 28, 2016. The Academy, founded in 2003, “honors School of Engineering alumni or friends whose careers are characterized by their sustained and exemplary contributions to the engineering profession through research, practice, education, policy or service. Members are individuals who bring enduring honor to the community as practitioners and as citizens.” Dr. Schneiter earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at UCONN and his Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering (minor in EE) at MIT.
“Laser Printed Ceramic Fiber Ribbons: Properties & Applications” on January 26th, 2016 as part of the Advanced Materials for Sustainable Nuclear Energy and Fusion Energy session.
“Innovations Moving Structural Ceramics into the Mainstream” discusses the advances in Ceramic Matrix Composites in various high performance applications, and the role of extreme performance fibers such as Silicon Carbide in next-gen applications.
New Wave of Start-ups Tackling Challenges in Advanced Structural Ceramics
The report, titled “Assessing Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovators in Advanced Structural Ceramics,” is part of the Lux Research Advanced Materials Intelligence service and asserts “CMCs have best disruptive potential. Ceramic matrix composites (CMCs) have the highest potential to displace current structural materials in new use cases. In this segment, Free Form Fibers …” is an example of a start-up “…in the ‘High-potential’ quadrant.”
Free Form Fibers receives venture capital investment.
Free Form Fibers and John Schneiter secure venture funding.
Eastern New York Angels (ENYA) investor fund makes financial commitment to Free Form Fibers.