Sikorsky selects Continuous Composites as the winner of its Entrepreneurial Challenge

CC is advancing its CF3D technology in the defense and aerospace sectors for the next generation of composites with deeply embedded functional microstructures.

Carbon Fiber Airfoil printed with CF3D technology.
Carbon Fiber Airfoil printed with CF3D technology.
Continuous Composites

STRATFORD, Conn., - Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company announced on Monday that Continuous Composites is the winner of the 9th Entrepreneurial Challenge. The Entrepreneurial Challenge is led by Sikorsky Innovations and is designed to accelerate innovators and disruptive technology concepts with applications to the aerospace industry.

Continuous Composites is advancing its Continuous Fiber 3D Printing (CF3D) technology in the defense and aerospace sectors for the next generation of composites with deeply embedded functional microstructures.

“This recognition is a great follow-on to our recently announced Joint Development Agreement with Arkema Group as we build the base for future revenue streams and advance our strategic initiatives,” said Tyler Alvardo, CEO of Continuous Composites. “Those initiatives include applying CF3D to print carbon-bonded-carbon composites used in hypersonic applications where both extremely high heat and strength are required. We are continuing to establish strategic partnerships as we move toward the anticipated commercialization of our technology in 2021.”

Sikorsky Innovations also awarded two special recognition awardees: Vita Inclinata and Ubisense. Vita Inclinata is developing an autonomous, unmanned suspended Load Stability System (LSS) for integration into rotary wing suspended load operations. Ubisense has a SmartSpace platform that brings visibility of the physical world to planning management and control systems This is done by creating a real-time digital twin of complex process flows which is built on dynamic tracking of the location, motion and interactions of key assets.

Three companies were also chosen for an honorable mention award: Climacell, Magnetic 3D and Vartega.

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