Carbon's Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology is perhaps one of the industry's hottest topics, yet relatively few have had access to it as of yet. Selected blue chip partners such as Johnson & Johnson, Nike and Ford have been piloting the technology as well as a select bunch of service bureaux like Cideas and Sculpteo.
Today Carbon has the addition of two leading 3D printing service bureaux and contract manufacturers to its customer portfolio, bringing their total service bureau partnerships to six. Dinsmore Inc. and Midwest Prototyping will offer their customers access to CLIP technology through the M1 printer. With CLIP, the two bureaux’s broad range of customers – from automotive and aerospace, to consumer and medical – are now able to produce polymeric parts, using a broad range of materials, that have the resolution, surface finish and mechanical properties required for both functional prototyping and production parts.
“At Carbon, we’re working hard to deliver CLIP into the hands of the engineers and inventors who will transform industries and create new products with this groundbreaking technology,” said Joseph DeSimone, CEO and co-Founder of Carbon. “With access to the M1, these leading service bureaux can better serve their innovative customers, and make a real impact in a number of industries. They are key partners on our journey to disrupt the manufacturing landscape.”
“The future of additive manufacturing lies in the production of end-use parts, and our partnership with Carbon is enabling our customers to achieve high quality, production-grade parts,” said Jay Dinsmore, CEO and President of Dinsmore Inc. “CLIP is truly innovative because of the materials we can print in, the quality of parts that come off the M1 machine, and the speed at which we achieve this.”
“What excites us the most about our new relationship with Carbon is their dedication to the development of the materials – not only in regards to the breadth of available options, but also the quality of those materials ready for everyday, real-world applications,” said Steve Grundahl, President and Founder of Midwest Prototyping. “CLIP allows us to continue providing a wide range of excellent materials to our customers, and its unrivaled speed ensures we can continue to stay true to our rapid prototyping services.”
The service bureau strategy works well for Carbon, their machine is being put into the hands of those already familiar with the technology, whose expertise will enable a wider audience to have access to the technology without the pitfalls that often comes when new users get their hands on a new technology.