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Carbon3D Is Changing The 3D Printing Game

In a recent TED talk Joseph DeSimone presented a new additive manufacturing technology developed by his company Carbon3D along with a team of scientists from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University). They call their 3D printing technology Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP). This new technology utilises photopolymerisation of UV curable resin commonly seen in Stereolithography (SLA) and Digital Light Processing (DLP) type additive manufacturing systems but adds oxygen as an inhibitor to the polymerisation of the resin to create parts.

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The structure of the resulting polymeric part is said to be monolithic according to a Science paper released by the team that developed the technology. This means consistent material properties throughout the 3D printed part, something that has always been an issue for many other additive manufacturing technologies.

As you can see from the videos below the technology is also able to create parts much faster than existing 3D printing technologies, as much as 25x to 100x faster than existing 3D Printing technologies. It is also able to polymerise a range of elastomeric materials with different resulting properties such as high or low damping.

The technology is not yet in the stage of commercial release but Carbon3D has acquired US$41 million in venture capital for further development and commercialisation. Their goal appears to be creating an additive manufacturing system that can be utilised in medium or high volume production manufacturing rather than the prototype or low volume environments where additive manufacturing currently tends to reside.

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