It’s been a wild ride for Carbon3D and their CLIP technology ever since CEO and co-founder Joseph DeSimone presented the technology live on stage during his TED2015 presentation in Vancouver on March 16th.
“What we think of as 3D printing,” said DeSimone, “…is really just 2D printing over and over…slowly.”
If the live Carbon3D CLIP 3D printing demonstration that was happening in the background during his presentation was any indication, DeSimone is about to disrupt the world of additive manufacturing as we know it. The CLIP (Continuous Liquid Interface Production) technology – which balances UV light and oxygen to grow objects from a pool of resin through a polymerization process – is capable of printing objects 25 to 100 times faster than traditional additive manufacturing techniques. Many have compared the process to the villain T-1000 in the 1991 movie Terminator 2 who recreates himself after being reduced to a puddle of liquid metal by the Terminator during action sequences.
“Current 3-D printing technology has failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionize manufacturing,” said DeSimone. “Our CLIP technology offers the game-changing speed, consistent mechanical properties and choice of materials required for complex commercial quality parts.”
Yesterday, Autodesk announced that they have backed DeSimone and his CLIP technology to the tune of $10 million through the company’s Spark Investment Fund. The fund, which was established in late 2014, aims to invest up to $100 million in entrepreneurs, innovators and startups who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with additive manufacturing.
“We started the Spark Investment Fund to help drive the 3D printing industry forward,” said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. “Carbon3D embodies the innovation that’s required to change how products are made. The incredible speed of its CLIP technology makes 3D printing accessible for true manufacturing, beyond the prototyping and the one-offs we see it being used for now.”
“Parts printed with CLIP are much more like injection-molded parts. CLIP produces consistent and predictable mechanical properties, creating parts that are smooth on the outside and solid on the inside.”
DeSimone – who aside from being CEO and co-founder of Carbon3D is a well-recognized chemist and polymer expert – is currently working on bringing the CLIP technology to a mass produced industrial machine that will be available in the next 12 months.
“By working at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science, we are aiming to fundamentally address the issues that have held 3D printing back from becoming a manufacturing process,” added DeSimone.
“We’re honored to have an industry powerhouse like Autodesk recognize the transformative nature of our CLIP technology and engage with us in such a significant way.”
For more info on Carbon3D and their CLIP technology, head over to their site.