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The Revolution Arrives: Carbon Releases M1 Commercial 3D Printer with CLIP Technology & New Resins

by • March 31, 2016 • No Comments

Carbon_logoWhilst the rest of the industry has been waiting eagerly, mere recipients of little morsels and teasers here and there regarding Carbon and their new CLIP innovation, a many identify early group of customers has been privy to what should prove to be the amazing new commercial 3D printing device we’ve all been waiting for: the M1, just announced.

The M1 3D printing device

The M1 3D printing device

Most of the early customers were specifically chosen for the applications Carbon has seen their new CLIP innovation working most in, and those sampling the M1 that we understand of so far are Johnson & Johnson, Ford, and BMW. These early customers have been able-bodied to test 3D printed parts of the M1 regarding high-stress production applications in the car sector, as well as its uses in:

Shortening product createment cyclesAddressing new lightweight, high-durablity geometriesProducing customized medical devices

Now, the M1 has officially been announced as Carbon’s firstly commercial 3D printing device that can leverage, of course, CLIP innovation as well as new engineering-grade materials. Many can be curious to see if this machine indeed follows through, bringing on the first excitement and promises of exponentially high speeds matched with high resolution, unsurpassed mechanical qualities, and surface finish.

The goal? To accelerate building—literally.

“We’re excited to unveil our M1 machine and groundbreaking materials,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder of Carbon. “This product lays the groundwork for addressing significant gaps in additive building as we work with our customers to continually innovate and hustle the boundaries of product create and production.”


Dr. Joseph DeSimone

We reported on Carbon’s new innovation when they came out of stealth mode last year, giving details on the basics of how Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) innovation may work, in essence sounding deceptively like SLA 3D printing–at firstly. The secret yet, is that as CLIP innovation works to harness the power of light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin, the layering method is eliminated. Just when the world was getting utilized to the thought of 3D printing and layers, it evolves into a thing completely different—and surely, this won’t be the last time. But, with CLIP it’s been projected that the speed, system, and new innovation truly can live up to the word that we hear bandied of so frequently in regards to 3D printing: groundbreaking!

This company managed to find significant investors quite early on, acquire huge amounts of beginning capital, and create a completely one-of-a-kind innovation all under the radar. To date, they have attained $141 million in funding. Since and so, news has trickled out (beyond the early testing partners) of a couple of partners who can be involved with the CLIP innovation themselves, which include Sculpteo, one of the firstly and just global 3D print platforms to use CLIP and have a Carbon 3D printing device onsite, as well as Kodak who can employ their vast understandledge of chemicals to partner in building materials.

parthingIt is pretty no secret that speed has been an ongoing challenge in the evolution of 3D printing, along with a lack of integrity frequently revealing up in the famously layered models. The promise with CLIP innovation, and now the M1, is that there won’t be any sacrifice. Those createing prototypes and parts should be able-bodied to assume the required resolution, finish, and mechanical properties, as well as having the experience of via a powerful new machine with amazing precision, a host of new showcases, and many amazing—the capability to use a range of new resins.

The M1 can be able-bodied to collect over one million system control data points per day. With that, it can perform diagnostics remotely, assist optimize prints, and actually improve high end of prints over time. With an ‘internet-connected architecture,’ createers and engineers are promised ongoing and updated showcases, enhancements—as well as resins. In addition according to Carbon, the interface is browser based and allows for for printing device operation inside a network, that means that the user does not require to be concerned of exercises like software installations or worry of pesky issues with compatibility.

In Action still shot BRarely has there been such an amazing new product on the scene, not to mention one that comes with an entire line of new materials. For the M1, sactually proprietary resins are featured total, with the next new ones:

Rigid Polyurethanes – Carbon offers a family of three RPUs, that are promised to act as the stiffest, many versatile polyurethane based resin. They perform well under stress, combining durablity, stiffness, and toughness. These properties manufacture RPU particularly useful for consumer electronics, car, and industrial components where great mechanical properties are requireed.Flexible Polyurethane – FPU is a semi-rigid material offering great impact, abrasion, and fatigue resistance. This versatile material was createed to endure repetitive stress such as hinging mechanisms and friction fits.Elastomeric Polyurethane – EPU is a high performance polymeric elastomer, exhibiting elastic behavior under cyclic tensile and compressive loads. It is useful for demanding applications requiring high elasticity, impact and tear resistance, where items like cushioning, gaskets, and seals are required.Cyanate Ester-based resin – this is a high performance material with heat deflection temperatures up to 219°C (426°F). Marked by great durablity, stiffness and long-term thermal stability, CE is useful for under-the-hood applications, electronics, and industrial components.Prototyping Resin – PR prints rapidly, has great resolution, and performs well adequate to endure moderate functional testing.

How CLIP Works FINAL (1)

And adding to what is pretty a many informative and amazing release all around, of a new commercial printing device to new innovation and materials, Carbon announces that another industry firstly can accompany the M1: a one-of-a-kind subscription-pricing mode. According to the undeniably new company, they are planning a new take on ‘capital equipment sales.’ With an yearly subscription, the member companies can appear forward to a comprehensive service team that can be hands-on and dedicated to addressing their requires, along with continual and seamless updates to the hardware. What are your thoughts on this new innovation, finally announced? Discuss in the Carbon M1 3D Printer forum over at 3DPB.com.

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