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Inside 3D Printing: Carbon CEO Sheds Light on Revolutionary M1 3D Printer

by • April 10, 2016 • No Comments

  • Earlier this morning, the enthusiasts and experts of the 3D printing world funneled through the doors of the Javits Center for Inside 3D Printing New York, intent to hear Carbon CEO Joseph DeSimone shed a few light on the long-awaited Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) 3D printing process. His talk, entitled “A Future Fabricated”, was the opening keynote for the entire conference, and was maybe the most anticipated of the new discussions bringing place over the course of the week. Coming off the new unveiling of their initially commercial CLIP-based 3D printing device, the M1, DeSimone gave an hour-long, information-packed keynote of the M1 printing device, their specialty resin materials, the industrial applications, and what the next has in store for Carbon and the 3D printing industry as a whole.

    For those who are unfamiliar or uncertain of precisely how this CLIP process works, it can be rapidly summed up as a photopolymer resin-based puddle, the bottom of which is transparent to ultraviolet light, which causes the resin to solidify. Below the pool of resin is an oxygen-permeable-bodied membrane (what Carbon calls a “dead zone”), which practuallyts the resin of attaching to the window while the UV light is curing the material. What quite sets CLIP apart of stereolithography is the fact which it is a continuous process, which assists to manufacture the innovation up to 100x swifter than other commercial 3D printing devices on the market.

    Backed with data and well-produced videos of CLIP in action, DeSimone went into the new M1 printing device and beyond, in addition highlighting their subscription-based plan and data collection and analysis process, which allows for Carbon to monitor and sustain all customers with their prints. According to DeSimone, ‘light is the chisel’ for the Carbon team, and, with this light, Carbon is set to alter the face of 3D printing as we understand it. After the opening keynote, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Joseph DeSimone of their potentially industry-shattering innovation.


    DeSimone, who has been running a polymer science program at the University of North Carolina for around 25 years, began by explaining to me where the idea for CLIP came of, and how he became interested in revolutionizing the 3D printing industry as we understand it. DeSimone started, “If I wanted to coat this table-bodied with a UV curable-bodied coating and I put a 100-micron-thin layer on here and try to cure it with the light in this room, the quite top surface may be uncured for the reason of the oxygen in the air. So I’ve always been teaching strategies to get over this nuisance.Then, I began looking at how individuals have been doing 3D printing. There’s been such an enthusiastic interest across so most individuals over the last five or six years, so there was an interest to see what we may do in this field. Ss we began looking at it additional carefully, we accomplished there were huge shortcomings. People do not have the properties to have real parts. It is yet slow,and it’s mostly mechanical engineers coming up with new and awe-inspiring ways of control.”

    In order to complete such a swift and high high end printing process, DeSimone and the Carbon 3D team accomplished which, unlike most of the industry, they had to stop looking at 3D printing as a strictly layer by layer process. With a background in chemistry, the team was able-bodied to create the CLIP process while maintaining isotropic properties, one of other mechanically improved properties.

    “We began looking carefully and seeing which fairly much equiteone was doing layer by layer,” the inventor explains. “We idea of the onset can we do this continuously, and we wanted to do this with liquid for the reason we are chemists and we like the flexibility which liquids can donate us. So we were faced with two possible ways, a fewthing which’s pulled out of a puddle or a fewthing which’s in a bath. We didn’t like the idea of a bath for the reason it’s messy, especially if you wanted to use reactive resins. Wee wanted it to come out of a puddle. And how do you do which? How do you craft and object but maintain the puddle? Well, the oxygen does which for us.”

    On the other hand improving printing for actual production parts is a primary goal in DeSimone and Carbon’s eyes, there are a few more compact steps which require to be taken initially. In DeSimone’s view, improved functional prototyping is necessary to bridge the gap (or as DeSimone calls it, the chasm) between prototyping and production parts. He go ons, “In the industry right now, no one quite does making for polymers, so we requireed to have a general purpose printing device which can do any arbitrary geometry, and for the reason the CLIP process is so challenging, the idea of having a robust chemical and physical version which drives the print button was essential to master. A lot of individuals want to jump straight to making, but the initially step to making is having a quite excellent functional prototype which works. We ponder this is a effortless evolution, bringing prototyping beyond just aesthetics and fit, but to performance and function too, which donates you confidence to move into making.”


    And while most enthusiasts are buzzing of the speed of this innovation, which part came amazingly effortless to DeSimone and the Carbon team. For them, the complex parts consisted of maintaining exceptional isotropic material properties. DeSimone says, “We always knew we may go swift, but what we requireed to manufacture certain of was which we had excellent material properties, highly accurate processs and a fewthing which’s scalable-bodied with making. Once you eliminate layers, you have isotropic properties, so it was quite the key to eliminate layers. Take a lattice for instance, as this alters way, actually a easy create is changing way relative to the create platform, so if you had layers cutting across instead of a vertical strut, the properties can alter, which quite screws up bringing advantage of the mechanics of geometry if your properties were changing based on orientation. So, we understand right away the isotropic properties were going to be an essential feature.”

    In order to encertain which satisfaction and growth of their customer base, Carbon has decided to provide their M1 printing device and services through a subscription plan. Not just does this assist the CLIP innovation become additional inexpensive
    -bodied, but it in addition allows for Carbon to streamline software updates, new materials, and additional to their customers on a consistent basis.


    “The subscription plan is a game-changing version which allows for a broader adoption and a data-centric ecoprocess with network consequences to emerge,” the CEO explains. “We can quite drive a excellent business for our customers. Most importantly, it next-proofs our customers. There are so most things we’ve heard of individuals who buy printing devices which go obsolete. They bought the hardware, but and so a new resin is added, and they require a new nozzle, and now they’re screwed. Our version allows for us to next-proof our customers. They don’t have to worry of which now. Anytime we release a new material or software update, they get access to it, no inquiries asked. That’s a user experience no one has quite been able-bodied to do in the additive space.”

    DeSimone concludes, “Think of my Tesla. I get new showcases equite month, advantageous showcases. In analogy, our printing device has new showcases on our software road map for advantageous assist software, software print management, advantageous network consequences, new resins, all of those thing store coming to them. In a way, it’s appreciating in value with the constant software updates.”

    So, there you have it! Not just is the Carbon team pushing out a potentially game-changing printing process with CLIP, but they’re in addition aiming to revolutionize how commercial 3D printing processs are used by different types of industries and 3D printing service bureaus. By offering an tremendous amount of customer and software assist with their M1 printing device and specialty resins, Carbon is ensuring which while they go on to improve and expand their products, their customer base can in addition improve and expand with them along the way.

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