Apr 1, 2016 | By Tess

Industrial 3D printing company Carbon (formerly Carbon3D) has just today unveiled its first commercial 3D printer, the M1, along with seven new proprietary resin materials.

The Redwood City, California-based company, known for its innovative Continuous Liquid Interface Production Technology (CLIP), which in 2015 secured a $100 million investment from Google Ventures, has over the last year partnered with leading companies in various industries, including Kodak, Ford, and Johnson & Johnson. Now, with the exciting release of their first commercial 3D printer and a slew of new materials, the company’s astounding growth and success are sure to continue.

According to the company’s press release introducing the 3D printer, the M1 will fill a gap in the commercial 3D printer market, refusing to compromise on either surface finish quality or mechanical properties. The company says its approach is as much as 100 times faster than those used by other printer manufacturers. This means that the M1 3D printer is capable not only of producing quality prototypes, but even production-quality parts, an impressive feature for a commercial 3D printer.

In terms of its specs, the Carbon M1 3D printer boasts a build envelope of 144mm x 81mm x 330mm, and features a build platform made from billet aluminum, a foot-activated build area door, an oxygen-permeable window cassette, and a high performance LED light engine. Additionally, the new 3D printer is Internet-connected, allowing for the latest in features, performance enhancements, and resins to be instantly available to the M1’s users. The Carbon M1 3D printer is also capable of collecting more than 1 million process control data points a day. In practice, this means that Carbon can provide remote assistance and diagnostics to the printer to help optimize your prints and improve them over time.

“We’re excited to unveil our M1 machine and ground-breaking materials,” says Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder of Carbon. “This product lays the groundwork for addressing major gaps in additive manufacturing as we work with our customers to continually innovate and push the boundaries of product design and production.”

The M1 3D printer will be available through a subscription-based pricing model devised by Carbon, meaning that you will not only be purchasing the machine but your annual cost will include a hands-on service team and machine updates. This subscription pricing model has been implemented to make for a superior customer experience and is seen by the company as an important step in “[accelerating] the future of manufacturing”.

As mentioned, the already exciting release of Carbon’s M1 3D printer has been made all the more thrilling by the additional release of seven new proprietary 3D printing materials, each suited for a variety of practical applications. According to the company, parts made with their new materials are even comparable in quality to injection molded parts.

The new UV curable materials unveiled by Carbon are the following:

  • three Rigid Polyurethanes (RPUs) whose stiffness, strength, and ability to handle stress make them ideal for consumer electronics, automotive parts, and industrial components;
  • a Flexible Polyurethane (FPU) whose semi-rigidity and resistance towards impact, abrasion, and fatigue are useful for applications and parts which bear repetitive stresses (like hinges and friction fits);
  • an Elastomeric Polyurethane (EPU) with elastic properties under cyclic tensile and compressive loads, and high tear and impact resistance;
  • Cyanate Ester-based resin (CE), a high performance material with heat deflections up to 219°C (426°F) ideal for under-the-hood applications, electronics, or industrial components;
  • and Prototyping Resin (PR) a quick printing, high resolution material meant to withstand “moderate functional testing”. The latter is available in six colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, white, and gray.

Founded in 2013, Carbon has made a name for itself over the past few years by developing innovative 3D printing technologies by working “at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science”. As the young company continues to partner with influential companies, and continues to develop its own products, we are anxious to see what their next step will be in advancing the field of 3D printing technology.



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canman wrote at 12/21/2016 4:57:37 PM:

This subscription pricing model has been implemented to make for a superior customer experience and is seen by the company as an important step in “[accelerating] the future of manufacturing”. translation: we will price gouge for every last penny, because we can.

chinmoy mondal wrote at 10/3/2016 3:56:20 PM:

i am chinmoy mondal from india . i want to buy a 3d printer my mail is kccadcamchailpuri@gmail.com

Ken wrote at 6/7/2016 10:53:01 PM:

How much is it and how can one attain it.

jose manuel almaraz wrote at 6/6/2016 9:56:50 AM:

I'm interested in being able to acquire the resin (PR) for 3D printing high resolution, I could tell if I can get this resin, its price and the characteristics of the lamp to cure, I have a 3D dlp printer and I'm interested to use your product, my email sanjuanajm@hotmail.com thanks in advance.

Killer Memestar wrote at 5/19/2016 8:29:37 PM:

This machine is the reason i get up in the morning. Every day that i wake up i love this machine even more. I sleep next to it so i can open my eyes to it's beauty every morning. The only reason i live is for this machine. I want it inside of every room in my house. I want it to be 24/7 printing.

Edward wrote at 5/15/2016 1:07:21 AM:

Please B.Paneer illustrate us as to how we can make a 1k CLIP printer. I'm honestly interested

Edward wrote at 5/15/2016 1:06:52 AM:

Please B.Paneer illustrate us as to how we can make a 1k CLIP printer. I'm honestly interested

I. A. M. Magic wrote at 4/4/2016 12:47:43 PM:

You seem to have a valid point B. Paneer, but the thing is that Carbon has a couple patents on the "CLIP" technology. So, they'll sell at whatever price people are willing to pay. The difference between your quote price and the retail price, is profit margin that go to investors.

Andy Zed wrote at 4/2/2016 1:18:05 AM:

But then you're fighting surface tension and your layers may be either bubbly or chunky.

RonniiRaygun wrote at 4/1/2016 8:11:09 PM:

$144K WOW. When everyone is driving to the bottom in pricing they are reaching for the starts. This isn't even the fastest most precise printer entering market either.

James wrote at 4/1/2016 8:05:42 PM:

What is the price of printer? Its resins? When and where can be bought?

B. Paneer wrote at 4/1/2016 5:55:55 PM:

You can DIY this for ~$1k by printing top down onto the surface of the resin in the vat and lowering the build stage. Don't tell any of their investors or they might look silly.

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