3/23/2017 | 3 MINUTE READ

Carbon Introduces SpeedCell System

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The system integrates 3D printing, parts washing and other operations for cost-effective AM production.

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Carbon has introduced SpeedCell, a system of securely connected products for additive manufacturing. The first components of the system include two new products for additive manufacturing at scale: the M2 industrial-grade 3D printer and the Smart Part Washer for cleaning and finishing parts. According to the company, the SpeedCell's integration of multiple operations including printing and part washing facilitates cost-effective part production. Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology coupled with the SpeedCell system enables designs ranging from single-part combinations of complex assemblies to geometries like lattices, while also minimizing the tooling and prototyping stages of the design process. 

With a build volume of 141 × 79 × 326 mm, the M2 enables the printing of larger parts or more parts per build with the same resolution and isotropic quality as Carbon’s M1 printer but twice the build volume. The printer offers locked printing parameters for validated production runs, encrypted models and fleet management. Parts can be serialized to ensure production quality and traceability throughout their lifecycle. The printer is also compatible with a robotic interface to enable automated part removal after printing is complete. 

The Smart Part Washer automates repeatable part washing, the next step in the additive manufacturing process. The washer shares a common interface with the build volumes of the M1 and M2 printers so that parts can be moved between systems with minimal risk of damage. Near-field communication readers enable validated and tailored part washing protocols that can be traced to each part to ensure quality. Automated solving handling and recycling compatibility are also included. 

SpeedCell also features multiple Carbon Connectors, which enable hardware extensibility to support additional system capabilities in the future. These could include automated resin dispensing, temperature-controlled resin cassettes and more. 

At launch, Carbon will offer SpeedCell in two configurations. The Design SpeedCell couples one M Series printer with a Smart Part Washer to enable product designers and engineers to iterate on concepts. The Production SpeedCell, specifically designed for industrial manufacturing applications, pairs multiple production-floor-compatible M2 printers with a Smart Part Washer. Individual M Series machines or Smart Part Washers are also available.

“SpeedCell combines our reliable M Series machines, data-rich platform and ever-expanding base of production-quality resins to give our partners the tools to massively change the way they think about design and production,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, co-founder and CEO of Carbon. “For our customers, this means that their product development cycles no longer need to include the antiquated traditional manufacturing process steps of designing, prototyping, tooling and then production. Instead, products can be designed and engineered on a platform that is also the means of production, eliminating prototyping and tooling steps. This dis-intermediation is at the core of Carbon’s role in accelerating the much-anticipated digital revolution in manufacturing.”

According to the company, the introduction of SpeedCell is in direct response to the needs of Carbon’s customers and strategic partners, including BMW Group and General Electric. One of Carbon's SpeedCell launch customers is Fast Radius, in partnership with UPS.

“UPS has teamed up with Fast Radius to create a global, on-demand manufacturing and supply chain solution enabled by additive manufacturing of which Carbon’s pioneering solutions for real part manufacturing are an important addition,” said Alan Amling, UPS corporate strategy vice president. “In partnership with Fast Radius, we can immediately leverage the SpeedCell capabilities to provide our customers with on-demand products and inventory in a scalable and cost-effective way.” Rick Smith, co-founder at Fast Radius added, “Fast Radius and UPS believe that the introduction of Carbon’s technologies marks a historic point when additive manufacturing truly becomes a production alternative. We are excited to be a SpeedCell launch partner and to integrate the technology into our product design, additive manufacturing, and supply chain offerings.”

Additional SpeedCell launch partners include existing customer BMW Group and production partners Dinsmore Inc., Primary Manufacturing, Sculpteo and The Technology House, which are also already working to implement this new manufacturing solution.

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