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Investigation: 3D Printer

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When we last heard from Doctor Geek and friends, they had just used the MacGuffin to put right what once went wrong.  It turns out using such a powerful time and space altering device comes with a price.  Let’s hope the team has enough in the budget to cover the check they just wrote.

 

Confused? Don’t worry; over the next set of mini episodes it should all make sense, well mostly you will see.  Oh and if you are looking for more information about HP’s Sprout, check out the review we posted earlier.

 

 

By harnessing the power of light and oxygen, Carbon3D has created a new 3D printing process that is between 25-100 times faster than traditional 3D printing.  Unlike traditional 3D printers which print the object layer by layer, Carbon3d’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) allows for the printing of a true 3D object.

 

Just like Michelangelo, who is famous for saying, “The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; the sculptor's hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.” The CLIP technology works by harnessing the power of light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin.  In other words, a projector beams the image to be printed into the pool of photosensitive resin.  Then, oxygen is introduced in the unneeded areas.  The oxygen creates dead zones which prevent the resin from curing in the unneeded areas and like Michelangelo; the build platform frees the printed object fully formed from the liquid. 

 

As Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder, Carbon3D said, “Current 3D printing technology has failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionize manufacturing.  Our CLIP technology offers the game-changing speed, consistent mechanical properties and choice of materials required for complex commercial quality parts.”