3D printing is something that hasn’t really generated a ton of public interest – but Carbon3D's technique looks like something from the movie ‘Terminator’.
3D printing is getting a lot faster thanks to the people at Carbon3D. Their interpretation and technique of 3D printing isn’t just something that is new, fancy or exciting – but rather something that looks like it belongs in a movie. In fact, many have compared Carbon3D’s CLIP technology – something users haven’t seen since the ‘Terminator’ movie executed printing out of ooze decades ago.
Traditional 3D printing methods weren’t just difficult – but they were time-consuming, too. This is something that Carbon3D wanted to change and avoid. They wanted to make 3D printing faster and that they did. They made it 25 to 100 times faster than previous models that printed things with 3D implementation, and it does so by avoiding the layer-by-layer analysis that 3D printers execute.
The company’s CLIP technology stands for Continuous Liquid Interface Production and uses oxygen and a resin to grow the objects that are inside it. This is a technique that hasn’t been tried before, except for in extremely experimental situations – until now. The company says tat this is the future of 3D printing, and while it has some execution problems – at least for any mainstream users – it’s something that would be difficult to see implemented anywhere but a lab.
Adam Grosser, who sits on the Carbon3D board pointed out that, “When we witnessed the CLIP process, we believed we had found a company that had invented a solution to speed, quality, and material selection.” It was something that the company didn’t even seem to get to – at least not this soon.
Another board member though of the Carbon3D team, Jim Goetz, pointed out that, “If 3D printing hopes to break out of the prototyping niche it has been trapped in for decades, we need to find a disruptive technology that attacks the problem from a fresh perspective and addresses 3D printing’s fundamental weaknesses.” Perhaps though this is the greatest flaw, that is associated with 3D printing technology. While it sounds great on paper and could be a fundamental necessity of the future – it isn’t something that is necessarily practical in the short-term.
Moreover, companies like Carbon3D will need to continue working hard to deliver realistic pieces of technology that aren’t just practical in a lab – but practical everywhere.