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27th September 2017, Redwood City, CA

Carbon introduces 3D printing materials programme

Partners Ford and adidas are among some of the first companies lined up to take advantage of these new production offerings. Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based 3D manufacturing company, has announced a materials programme that will offer some of its 3D printing polymer resins via bulk packaging, enabling a 40% price reduction for high-volume manufacturers.

The first material to be offered via bulk packaging will be RPU (rigid polyurethane) 70, which Carbon will initially sell for US$ 150/litre, down from the current US$ 250/litre. Working with its network of global supply chain partners, Carbon expects to further reduce the price to less than US$ 100/litre over the next year, significantly increasing the addressable market for 3D manufactured parts.

“No other 3D printing company has offered this because they do not have the combination of a complete system for 3D manufacturing combined with first class materials that enable additive manufacturing at scale. Carbon now does offer that complete package,” commented Carbon CEO and Co-founder Dr Joseph M. DeSimone.

Economical production

“This production volume materials approach will allow us to ensure that our partners like adidas, which will be printing thousands or millions of parts, can do so economically compared to other manufacturing methods such as injection moulding,” said Dr Joseph M. DeSimone.

“No other 3D printing company has offered this because they do not have the combination of a complete system for 3D manufacturing combined with first class materials that enable additive manufacturing at scale. Carbon now does offer that complete package.”

Resin dispensing instrument

Key to the introduction of bulk packaging for its dual cure resins, Carbon also is launching a resin dispensing instrument called an MMD (meter mix and dispense) developed in partnership with Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a global leader for high-impact solutions in adhesives, sealants and functional coatings.

This accessory to Carbon’s recently launched SpeedCell manufacturing system allows for the proper dispensing of RPU 70 in bulk quantities. Henkel’s partnership will enable Carbon’s growing global industrial supply chain as demand for these materials increases among its production partners and customers. One such production partner, The Technology House, has already implemented this new MMD device.

“We’ve been watching Carbon for some time now, and, as a chemical company, we’re impressed with its innovations in materials as well as its surge into the consumer goods industry,” said Philipp Loosen, Global Head of 3D Printing, Henkel Adhesive Technologies. “We’re delighted to work with such a promising company to develop hardware and materials solutions to bring pioneering technologies like 3D printing to traditional manufacturing and support the expansion of these capabilities to a variety of markets and applications. This is the future.”

Ford and adidas

Partners Ford and adidas are among some of the first companies lined up to take advantage of these new production offerings, enabling them to accelerate the role of 3D printing into their traditional large-scale manufacturing process. Specifically, adidas has committed to using Carbon materials at a scale of hundreds of thousands of litres, as it gears up to mass produce midsoles for the Futurecraft 4D athletic footwear, launched with Carbon in April 2017.

“Ford shares Carbon’s vision of 3D manufacturing and is actively working with Carbon to accelerate the implementation for automotive applications,” said Dr Ken Washington, Vice President, Research and Advanced Engineering and CTO, Ford Motor Company.

Expanding operations

To further support its growth globally, Carbon has also expanded operations into Europe teaming up with new production partners in Germany including Fast Radius, Oechsler, and Citim, a member of the Oerlikon Group; and, in the UK including Fast Radius and Paragon.

“So many of our customers have been asking for a better, more economical way to produce their parts and products, and we’ve found that with Carbon,” said Phill Adamson, managing director at Paragon.

“The company’s ground-breaking Digital Light Synthesis additive manufacturing technology has been game changing for the industry because our customers can go from design to production very easily with one technology, which significantly reduces development costs and eliminates tooling requirements. Now with this materials programme it gives real scalability for higher volume batch production.”

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