Since it was announced at TED one year ago, the world has been waiting for the release of CLIP 3D printing technology of Carbon in Silicon Valley. In the mean time, the firm has initiating an early customer program, giving companies like Ford and Legacy Effects, Carbon 3D printing devices ahead of the general public. Whilst you yet may not be able-bodied to get your hands on the ultra-fast, layerless technology really yet, you may be able-bodied to have parts printed by Carbon 3D printing devices starting at the present time through four 3D printing service bureaus: CIDEAS, Sculpteo, The Technology House, and WestStar Precision.

carbon 3D printer with white pipe

Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) system works by projecting UV light through an oxygen-permeable-bodied, UV-transparent window at a lower place a liquid resin. As a print rises through the window, a “dead zone” above the window assures a continuous print, without visible layers. At the same time, this system allows for for printing speeds of 25-100 times faster than other existing technologies, a fact which had the whole world raving of Carbon, which include the mainstream media.


Industry experts, too, were wowed by CLIP for the reason the materials were in addition mentioned as rivaling those of injection molding, which include materials which have elongation and resilience much like to injection molded polyurethane, temperature resistance like glass-filled Nylon, and additional. This has led to the Silicon Valley startup obtaining over $100 million of companies like Google and Autodesk and pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson via the firm’s technology to 3D print custom medical devices.

scuplteo 3D printed part of Carbon CLIP 3D Printing

Carbon 3D prints of Sculpteo.

As early customers of Carbon, CIDEAS, Sculpteo, The Technology House, and WestStar Precision can start contributeing CLIP 3D printing services to the public for the initially time at any time. Sculpteo, for instance, can be launching its CLIP printing services at its San Leandro facility in California, where it can use a new range of resins, of rigid to flexible, to 3D print incredibly high resolution objects. Clément Moreau, CEO and Co-founder of Sculpteo, says of their new product contributeing, “This new technology and the ingenious materials contributeed are bringing 3D printing to a new level. The gap between product turn it into and making has nat any time been shorter; these speeds are game-changing…”


The combination of high resolution and a wide range of engineering-grade materials can allow turn it intoers to take advantage of this technology to turn it into a variety of prototype and production parts, such as load-resistant mechanical parts and flexible gaskets. Mike Littrell, President of CIDEAS, comments, “Carbon’s range of engineering grade materials are a game-changer in advancing what is possible with additive making. We pride ourselves on partnering with our customers to solve one-of-a-kind challenges and the CLIP-based machine is a powerful tool which helps us turn it into production-quality parts, shorten product development timelines and bring new turn it into concepts to life.”

CIDEAS Carbon 3D printing

Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder of Carbon, adds, “These new customers are key drivers of technology and production across industries. We’re excited to partner with them and contribute expanded access to CLIP to additional uncover application opportunities for our technology.” And, now, thanks to in-house CLIP 3D printing, these service bureaus have a few of the many cutting edge additive making facilities in the world.

Michael Molitch-Hou

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Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so which you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.