There are plenty of different 3D printing technologies out there. A glance at the best 3D printers available will show you FDM, resin, and many others.
However, there’s a new one just hitting the market. The world’s first commercial CLIP system just debuted from Carbon (you might know them better as Carbon3D).
What’s the new printer offer in terms of features and benefits? Actually, there’s a lot to be gained for businesses.
Understanding the New M1 CLIP 3D Printer
CLIP technology is newer than most others on the market. It’s resin-based, but it differs from some others available. According to Carbon, the M1 will fill an opening available for commercial operations by providing companies with the means to 3D print items with a super-high quality finish and outstanding mechanical capabilities.
Not only does the M1 offer excellent printing results, but it’s actually capable of creating finished pieces up to 100 times faster than with other 3D printers. The immediate upshot of this is that the M1 is not limited to prototyping, but can be put to use in actual production.
There are some impressive specs available for the new 3D printer. For instance, the build volume is 144 mm x 81 mm x 330 mm.
The platform is made from billet aluminum, and there’s a door to seal the build area (foot activated). The LED light engine (used for curing the resin) is high-performance and the first of its kind on the market.
Another benefit here is that the M1 comes fully equipped to connect to the Internet. It offers the ability to download software and firmware updates to ensure that it always offers the best performance.
It also collects data concerning its daily operation, and then provides reporting so that problems can be caught ahead of time and headed off.
According to Dr. Joseph DeSimone, the company’s CEO and founder, “We’re excited to unveil our M1 machine and ground-breaking materials. This product lays the groundwork for addressing major gaps in additive manufacturing as we work with our customers to continually innovate and push the boundaries of product design and production.”
The M1 will only be available to companies through a subscription program. While this might sound odd at first, it’s not the first time such an arrangement has been offered, and it actually provides some significant benefits.
For instance, businesses would also receive ongoing support from a dedicated service team, as well as ongoing updates for the printer. Of course, the M1 also comes with its own materials – there are seven new ones in the offing.
The new materials were specially designed to create parts with strength, durability and precision comparable to what’s found with injection molding. Subscription plan pricing and the cost of the new materials hasn’t been announced just yet, but it’s only a matter of time.