3D is taking the world by storm, and one company in particular is looking to break shackles and push the technology further into a new movement. The company that is shocking everyone in the industry is called Carbon3D
Above is a video that showcases an innovative new 3D printing technology in which an Eiffel Tower is printed at rocket speeds with precision, top quality in under 46 seconds. Beyond remarkable by any standards.
A weeks ago, Carbon 3D, emerged from nowhere on the main stage of the famous TED conference and presented on an innovative polymer based 3D printing process that is portrayed to perform 25 to 100 times faster than anything that is available on the market today, setting a claim in the ground to be the ultimate leader in 3D industry.
The company calls this new technology CLIP – Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) that harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer-by-layer.
The technology was simultaneously introduced to the scientific community as the cover story in the journal Science and was also featured in Science Daily. This 3-D printing technology changes the game in many ways, mainly it enables objects to rise from a liquid media continuously rather than being built layer by layer, as they have been for the past 25 years, thus showcasing a fundamentally new approach to the process of 3-D printing.
Carbon 3D has technically created an innovation that manipulates light and oxygen to fuse objects in liquid media, making it the first 3D printing process that uses tunable photochemistry, and this has turned heads and got everyone’s attention.
The technology will allow ready-to-use products to be manufactured atleast 25 to 100 times faster than any other methods existing in the industry that will allow it to create never achieved before geometries which will further open opportunities for innovation in many fields, including healthcare, aviation, industrial, automotive and retail.
“By rethinking the whole approach to 3D printing, and the chemistry and physics behind the process, we have developed a new technology that can create parts radically faster than traditional technologies by essentially ‘growing’ them in a pool of liquid,” said Joseph DeSimone, who presented on the innovative technology at a TED talk in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Who is Carbon 3D?
Carbon 3D is a based out of Redwood City, California and is privately held company that had originally launched in Chapel Hill, NC back in 2013. The company has secretly been working on this new innovative technology CLIP, that harnesses the power of light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin. The Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) was originally developed by Professor Joseph DeSimone, Professor Edward Samulski, and Dr. Alex Ermoshkin
Tell Me More About CLIP Technology
Carbon 3D’s CLIP technology raises the bar of 3D printing industry in a few major ways:
- SPEED: This new technology will create at speeds of 25-100 times faster than conventional 3D printing
- COMMERCIAL: The technology will produce objects that will be ready for commercial use instantly
- MATERIALS: This allows one to use a whole new range of polymeric materials, which wasn’t possible before.
CLIP’s innovative technology launch ironically also coincides with United Nations designating 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, which recognizes important anniversaries of scientific advances enabled with light and this being one of the first innovations that will break industry norms.
“Current 3D printing technology has failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionize manufacturing…our CLIP technology offers the game-changing speed, consistent mechanical properties and choice of materials required for complex commercial quality parts.” – Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder, Carbon3D.
CLIP is a tunable photochemical process, which is tremendously different from any of the traditional techniques used for 3 D printing, normally a layering effect that is slow and tedious. This CLIP process is built on a special transparent process that allows light and oxygen to get through into a resin pool, that quickly enables it to bring any shape into life, almost instantly.
Have They Received Any Funding? Who Are They Backed By?
Since the launch of the company, Carbon3D set extremely high standards and made huge claims to become the leader in the industry. This not only impressed many ventures to look deeper into them as a company, Carbon 3D were able to convince and partner up with Sequoia Capital, to lead their Series A round of financing in 2013 along with Northgate Partners, Piedmont Capital Partners and Wakefield Group.
Sequoia Capital is no joke, their name in the industry alone is proof that they have something amazing in the making. Sequoia’s reputation is rock solid, afterall they have over 40 years working with awesome entrepreneurs and creators like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, John Morgridge, Jerry Yang, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko and Jack Dorsey, among many others who have gone on to break records and create new ground in their industries. It is said, that in aggregate, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ’s total value. Just last year, in 2014, Silver Lake Kraftwerk led the Series B round of financing with Northgate Capital and Sequoia Capital, for a total raise of $41 million.
The most interesting part was that no one even knew this was happening at Carbon 3D, now all of a sudden, the company has shown its value and come out with a surprise technology that is set to change the way the industry works in 3D printing world.
“If 3D printing hopes to break out of the prototyping niche it has been trapped in for decades, we need to find a disruptive technology that attacks the problem from a fresh perspective and addresses 3D printing’s fundamental weaknesses,” said Jim Goetz, Carbon3D board member and Sequoia partner. “When we met Joe and saw what his team had invented, it was immediately clear to us that 3D printing would never be the same.”
Below, is another video clip that showcases Carbon 3D’s lighting fast printing process with this new innovative CLIP technology. This one prints a demo at 7X speed, wait till you see products being printed at 100X speeds.
Here are some pictures, graphs and images for the new CLIP technology set to break ground in 3D printing world.
There are so many amazing innovations happening in 3D world, with the current processes and layered approach. Some are changing industries, some are solving the world’s most pressing problems. Hence, a lot is at stake for Carbon 3D, we’ll have to see if they can keep it in top gear throughout this journey and truly break ground, all while they also keep an eye on the rear mirror to see who else is catching up with them. In the meantime, Sequoia seems extremely happy with their investments in Carbon 3D and looks to make more than their expected ROI.
What do you guys think of this technology? Anyone else think our world is set to change in 3D printing?