4/6/2016 | 2 MINUTE READ

Carbon3D Launches M1, Its First Commercial 3D Printer

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The 3D printer is available on a subscription basis that includes updates and service.

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Carbon3D’s first commercial 3D printer, the M1, leverages the company’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology to produce high-resolution parts. The M1 is designed to deliver a comprehensive solution that can produce parts with the resolution, surface finish and mechanical properties required for both functional prototyping and production-quality parts.

The 3D printer is Internet-connected and collects more than 1 million process control data points per day, the company says. This capacity makes it possible for Carbon to provide precise remote diagnostics, assist with print optimization and improve print quality over time. New features, performance enhancements and resins are always available to users, while the browser-based interface enables printer operation inside a network without software installs or compatibility issues.

The machine is available via a subscription-pricing model. The annual cost includes a hands-on service team, dedicated to anticipating and addressing customer needs. Carbon leverages its Internet-connected software architecture to collect operational data and deliver a predictive service model and seamless machine updates.

As part of the M1 product unveil, Carbon is also introducing seven resins, enabling the use of complex chemistries to create parts with a range of mechanical properties. According to the company, parts produced with these materials perform similarly to injection-molded alternatives, and are suitable for a range of applications.

The new resins include:

  1. Rigid Polyurethanes (RPU): Carbon offers a family of three RPUs, its stiffest and most versatile polyurethane-based resin. They perform well under stress, combining strength, stiffness and toughness. These properties make RPU particularly useful for consumer electronics, automotive and industrial components.
  2. Flexible Polyurethane (FPU) is a semi-rigid material with good impact, abrasion and fatigue resistance. The material was designed for applications that require the toughness to withstand repetitive stresses such as hinging mechanisms and friction fits.
  3. Elastomeric Polyurethane (EPU) is a high-performance polymeric elastomer that exhibits good elastic behavior under cyclic tensile and compressive loads. EPU is useful for demanding applications where high elasticity as well as impact and tear resistance are needed, such as cushioning, gaskets and seals, the company says.
  4. Cyanate Ester-based (CE-based) resin is a high performance material with heat deflection temperatures ranging to 219°C (426°F). Offering strength, stiffness and long-term thermal stability, CE is said to be useful for electronics and industrial components.
  5. Prototyping Resin (PR) prints quickly, offers good resolution, and performs well enough to withstand moderate functional testing, Carbon says. It is available in six colors—cyan, magenta, yellow, black, white and gray—that can be mixed to create custom colors.

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