Vartega Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

Vartegahas been awardeda National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)grantfor$224,998to conduct research and development (R&D) work on carbon fiber reinforced polymer powders for additive manufacturing applications.

Vartega is leveraging its carbon fiber recycling technology and material development expertise to advance polymer feedstocks for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing. Vartega is developing a novel process that will allow thermoplastic powders to be reinforced with carbon fiber while ensuring these materials will produce functional parts in infrared additive systems. This advancement will enable digital manufacturers to realize the full potential of new powder-based hardware platforms to produce parts that perform similarly to injection molded materials at medium volume production rates.