In October, The Technology House (TTH) was selected as a Beta-site for the new Carbon M1 printer. Currently, TTH is one of only a handful of service bureaus in the world with the ability to 3D print prototype and production parts from the Carbon M1 3D Printer. As of July 2016, TTH has three (3) Carbon M1 machines up and running. Here is a list of Carbonâ€™s advantages over other 3D printing technologies are:
- Wide Array of Engineering Grade Polyurethane Materials.
- Faster Build Speeds
- Production Quality Surface Finishes
- Consistent Mechanical Properties
- Connected to Learn, Update and Improve Builds and Processes
The Carbon M1 CLIP Machine
Build platform size: 79mm x 141mm x 326mm or 3.10″ x 5.55″ x 12.83″
Watch the M1 in Action
How CLIP Works
CLIP, which stands for Continuous Liquid Interface Production, is a photochemical process using both light and oxygen to build parts. It works by projecting UV images, generated by a digital light projector, through an oxygen-permeable window into a reservoir of UV curable resin. The UV images when projected are solidified as the build platform rises.
CLIP Engineering Grade Materials
The materials available for additive manufacturing on the CLIP machine were designed to rival current thermoplastic materials. Parts will be tough, resilient, isotropic and machinable.Â Each material was engineered to provide similar properties to production injection molding materials like ABS, Glass Filled Nylon, Polypropylene and Soft Durometer Santoprene. CLIP materials have consistent mechanical properties because the parts are isotropic. The resulting part will have characteristics similar to an injection molded thermoplastic.
TTH currently builds in the followingÂ materials:
- PR Prototyping
- RPU Rigid Polyurethane
- FPU Flexible Polyurethane
- EPU Elastomeric Polyurethane
- CE Cyanate Ester for high heat applications