3D Printers Were Slow… So Far: Attentive to Carbon3D and Its Technology CLIP

It is one of the revolutions that remain unfinished from reaching the market. The 3D printers they have already travelled a good initial stretch and has been postulated as versatile in scenarios all solutions, but limitations include a clear: are devices leeentos.

To solve this problem appears almost nothing Carbon3D, a company that had spent two years working almost in secrecy in a 3D technology that promises to change the industry forever. Call it Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP), but with what we were really is with its speed, which can be between 25 and 100 times faster to the printers 3D traditional.

The principles upon which this development sits are a priori similar to the Stereolithography (SLA). However in the technology CLIP an object is printed layer by layer, but it takes advantage of both light and oxygen to go giving shape to resin and do so moreover with a much more three-dimensional orientation.

A revolution within the revolution of 3D printers

According to Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and co-founder of Carbon3D, this technology offers “speed, consistent mechanical properties and a choice of necessary materials for commercial quality parts that will change the history”. The photochemical process eliminates the effect of layers appears with current technologies, which a priori is one of the most promising advances that I have seen in the last few months in this field.

The technology is based on the use of a transparent and permeable window that It allows that both light and oxygen transferred it to, making that you behave basically as a contact lens. The printer allows you to control exactly how much oxygen enters and when goes into that small “resin pool” with which the object will be formed. The oxygen acts as inhibitor of the resin to solidify in certain areas, and the light becomes solid areas not exposed by oxygen.

Advances and demonstrations of this company they have already attracted the interest of investors. And not unknown, not: Sequoia Capital already invested in 2013 and in total the company has raised $ 41 million in some rounds that have gone virtually unnoticed by the rest of the industry. A member of Sequoia, which now is also on the Board of Directors of Carbon3D made it clear that when they saw that the company had achieved “was immediately evident to us that 3D printing would never be the same”.