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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. 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 CLIP Technology Printers. In 2016, TTH became a Production Partner of Carbon’s to help clients use the Carbon CLIP Technology for production applications in Medical, Aerospace, Industrial, Consumer and Automotive as well as a host of other industies.

As of today, TTH has 3 Carbon M1 machines in their lineup. Additionally, TTH has added 2 M2 machines, which has many benefits including having a larger build platform capable of twice the volume as the original M1 machine. The M2 allows for larger parts to be built, has a higher throughput, and lowers part cost. With 5 Carbon Printers, the new Smart Part Washer and the new MMD (Meter Mix Dispense), TTH has a Speedcell capable of scaling a part from R&D to prototype and into high volume production.


What is Carbon CLIP?

CLIPContinuous Liquid Interface Production

Carbon Clip is a 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.

What is Carbon DLS?

DLSDigital Light Synthesis

Carbon DLS is the process enabled by partnering the CLIP technology with engineering grade materials, digital light project and oxygen permeable optics. The result is production capable parts with extraordinary mechanical properties, resolution and surface finish. From tennis shoes to electronics, to industrial components and even customizable medical devices, Carbon DLS process with CLIP makes each and all possible for creators and designers to construct the parts and products of the future. 

How Carbon CLIP Works

Carbon CLIP Advantages

  • Diverse Selection of Engineering Grade Polyurethane Materials
  • Faster Build Time
  • Production Quality Surface Finishes
  • Consistent Mechanical Properties
  • Connected to Learn, Update and Improve Builds and Processes
  • Allows previously impossible designs, such as complex assemblies combined to a single part, or lattices that aren’t attainable by machining or molding processes.

Carbon CLIP Best Uses

  • Fit Checks
  • Material Testing
  • Master Patterns
  • Rapid Tooling
  • Fixtures
  • High Surface Finishes
  • Part Accuracy
  • Durability Testing
  • End Use Production
  • Marketing Samples
  • Heat Resistance
  • Moisture Resistance
  • UL 94-Rated
  • Bio-compatibility
  • Overmold Processing
  • Color Printing

Not sure which additive process is best for your application?
Download our Best Additive Uses Chart (pdf).

Carbon Speedcell

When all Carbon’s technologies are used together they form a production Speedcell capable of high volume production with reduced labor, bulk material handling and higher throughput.

  • Smart Part Washer (Pictured on the Left)
  • M2 Printer (Pictured in the Center )
  • M1 Printer (Pictured on the Right)
  • MMD (Not Pictured)

Carbon 3D Printers

M1 Printer

The M1 Printer was the first printer to employ Carbon’s CLIP technology. It features a 5.6″ x 3.1″ x 12.8″ (141mm x 79mm x 326mm) build volume and high resolution 75 µm pixels, the M1 is ideal for functional prototyping and low volume manufacturing.

With a build volume measuring 7.4″ x 4.6″ x 12.8″ (189mm x 118mm x326mm), manufacturing features, and Carbon’s groundbreaking CLIP technology, M2 is the perfect printer for your SpeedCell™ system.

M2 Printer

The M2 Printer still uses the CLIP technology, but with a build volume measuring 7.4″ x 4.6″ x 12.8″ (189mm x 118mm x326mm) it allows for double the build volume as the M1 which 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.

M1 vs. M2 Build Platform

Platform Sizes of Carbon 3D Printers


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. 

MMD (Meter/Mix/Dispense)

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.

Carbon 3D Materials

The materials available for 3D manufacturing with the Carbon DLS process for the CLIP technology 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.


  • RPU – Rigid Polyurethane
    • Versatile, Tough, Rigid, UL 94 HB
    • Similar to ABS
  • FPU – Flexible Polyurethane
    • Impact Resistant
    • Similar to Polypropylene
  • EPU – Elastomeric Polyurethane
    • Highly Elastic, Tear Resistant and Resilient
    • Similar to TPU or TPO
  • CE – Cyanate Ester
    • High Temperature Resistance
    • Similar to Glass Filled Nylon
  • EPX – Epoxy
    • Temperature Resistant, Strong, Accurate
    • Similar to Glass Filled PBT
  • UMA – Urethane Methacrylate
    • Fast, Accurate, Custom Colors
    • Applications include Prototyping and Manufacturing Jigs & Fixtures
  • DPR – Dental
    • Fast, Accurate
    • Applications include Models and Dies
  • SIL – Silicone
    • Soft Touch, Biocompatible and Tear Resistant
    • Applications include headphones, wristbands and other wearables

Don’t see the materials you want to use? It may be available with another additive process.
Download our Materials Availability Chart (pdf).

Carbon CLIP Materials vs. Injection Molded Materials

Carbon CLIP material strain tests vs Injection Molded materials

Carbon CLIP vs. Traditional 3D Printing

Carbon CLIP Tensile Strength vs Traditional 3D Printing


Is Carbon DLS right for your application?

Please fill in the form below and one of our project managers will contact you to explain how Carbon DLS can help with your application.

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