Carbon DLS with CLIP Technology
In October of 2015, The Technology House (TTH) was selected as a Beta-site for the new Carbon DLS M1 printer that uses CLIP technology. TTH is one of only a select few service bureaus in the world with the ability to 3D print prototype and 3D manufacture production parts from the Carbon DLS Printers. In 2016, TTH became a Carbon Production Partner to help clients design, prototype and print functional parts with the Carbon DLS technology for production applications in Medical, Aerospace, Industrial, Consumer and Automotive markets.
As of today, TTH has 6 Carbon M2 machines in their lineup. The M2 allows for larger parts to be built, has a higher throughput thus lowering part cost. With 6 Carbon DLS Printers, 2 Smart Part Washers and an MMD (Meter Mix Dispense), TTH can create the Speedcell which is capable of scaling a part from R&D to prototype and into production.
Carbon 3D Printing Process
Carbon DLS is an industrial 3D printing process using light and heat with engineering grade materials, digital light project and oxygen permeable optics to create functional parts with isotropic properties. The result is production ready parts with extraordinary mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish. It is also referred to as Carbon CLIP or Continuous Liquid Interface Production.
Carbon CLIP Technology
CLIP is the photochemical process using both light and oxygen to build parts. CLIP works by projecting UV images generated by a digital light projector, through an oxygen-permeable window in a reservoir of UV curable resin.
Carbon DLS Benefits
- Engineering Grade Materials from Rigid to Elastic
- Reduced Development Times
- Production Quality Surface Finishes
- Consistent Mechanical Properties
- Smart equipment ready for industry 4.0
- Design Freedom
Carbon DLS Best Uses
- Fit Checks
- Material Testing
- Master Patterns
- Rapid Tooling
- Durability Testing
- End Use Production
- Marketing Samples
- Foam Replacement Parts
- Heat Resistance
- Moisture Resistance
- UL 94-Rated
- Overmold Parts
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Carbon 3D Printing Materials
The Carbon Materials available for 3D manufacturing with the Carbon DLS process were designed to rival current thermoplastic materials. Parts will be tough, resilient, isotropic and machinable. Each material was engineered to provide similar properties to production injection molding materials like ABS, Glass Filled Nylon, Polypropylene and TPU. Carbon DLS materials have consistent mechanical properties and the resulting part will have characteristics similar to an injection molded thermoplastic while having exceptional surface finish. TTH runs 10 different materials ranging from high heat, rigid, flexible and elastomeric.
Carbon Materials vs. Injection Molded Materials
Carbon vs. Traditional 3D Printing
When all Carbon’s M2 Printer and Smart Part Washer technologies are used together they form a production Speedcell capable of high volume production with reduced labor, bulk material handling and higher throughput.
The M2 Printer has a build volume measuring 7.4″ x 4.6″ x 12.8″ (189mm x 118mm x326mm) which allows for double the build volume from the previous M1 Printer. This allows for higher throughput and lower part costs when moving into production. M2 is ready for production with high reliability hardware, expansion port for smart accessories and compatible workflow automation for any Speedcell configuration.
Smart Part Washer
The Smart Part Washer is a key figure in the Speedcell for production. Each part is consistenly cleaned with minimal manual labor, resulting in lower part cost. The next generation software delivers automatic, part-specific wash protocols, process control data for part traceability, and regular software updates. Overall, the Smart Part Washer delivers simple, repeatable part washing, enabling manufacturing at scale and environmental stewardship.
As part of a Speedcell, the MMD allows us to rapidly and properly dispense large amounts material. The MMD machine reduces material costs by ordering in bulk, while easing resin handling, improving reliability and quality of production parts. Currently, RPU 70 is the first material setup to be used in the MMD system.