A new company called Carbon 3D is developing a new liquid based 3D printing system that could totally change the progression of the industry. The technique is called Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP). The system uses a combination of lasers and oxygen, that work together to allow objects to be built from multiple different angles at once.
“UV light triggers photo polymerization and oxygen inhibits it. By carefully balancing the interaction of light and oxygen, CLIP continuously grows objects from a pool of resin. CLIP produces consistent predictable mechanical properties, creating parts that are smooth on the outside and solid on the inside,” a company spokesperson said.
“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,” Jim Goetz, board member at Carbon 3D told 3D Print.
As new developments make 3D printing more efficient the technology will slowly become cheaper and more available to the general population.
The videos below show the system at work:
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