CLIP overview and Carbon 3D printing technology
As the consumer 3D printing market continues to grow gradually, 2016 seems to be a year that will bring some huge changes in this industry. There has been enough growth and advancement here that will make you drop your jaws. There is no doubt in the fact that this is a fast-growing market and is contributing to various industries. The start of 2016 showed that almost all of the previous year’s vendors came back with enhanced features and they support lots of industry applications.
In the recent few years, we have seen that the amazing applications of 3D printing impact both product design and supply chain. This is the reason why even the biggest leaders will be paying close attention to the latest carbon 3D printing trends that are going to emerge in 2016.
What is CLIP technology?
Clip-based technology is extremely useful for creating a wide range of features for industries like automotive, medical and other appliances. It works in a way as to combine some specific properties of thermoplastics but still be able to give exceptional finish and resolution.
CLIP is an abbreviation of Continuous Liquid Interface Production and what differentiates it from traditional 3D printing technology is that it eliminates the shortcomings of normal 3D printers. It uses a photochemical process that projects in UV light below a liquid resin bath. Carbon also states that this technology is 25 to 100 times faster than standard 3D printing methods.
What will Carbon 3D printer bring?
The thing that highlights Carbon 3D printing is that it works to eliminate a lot of 3D printing issues. The technology is so versatile that it is possible to make objects with no visible layers. The process of prototyping will be surely revolutionized with the arrival of Carbon 3D printer in the markets. It would help millions in creating end user products and parts with smooth finish and no visible layers.
The fact is that this process is much faster than the standard 3D printing. For example, SLS 3D printing takes a long time to print layers but that is not the case with Carbon 3D printer. The advantage to designers and users is that it is now possible to create parts in every possible way.
Materials to be used with Carbon 3D
The functionality and usage of Carbon 3D printer is enhanced as a large number of materials can be used to create parts. For example, you have to create a prototype and in order to make it functional, you can choose from 7 Carbon materials to create the final product.
Different materials give different engineering requirements such as elongation, resilience and temperature resistance. The selection of the material will be based upon the use of the parts or objects made with the 3D printer. A manual is available on the internet to read the properties of every material to help ease the selection process.
Applications of Carbon 3D printers
Quick and agile fabrication is provided by Carbon 3D printers for extensive use on stage and screen. 3D animators, game developers and filmmakers will use it to meet some of their most demanding needs. Special effects studio Legacy Effects already uses 3D printing to make blockbuster action movies. Moreover, the in-game 3D printing option is also become popular with time.
Most of the objects made by traditional 3D printers are not as consistent as those made by Carbon 3D printers. The layer by layer approach and the mechanical properties ensure that the end-product is smooth and long lasting. 3D printing models can also be used for visual mockups, photo shoots and in animation and entertainment industry where details matter a lot. Filmmakers, prop builders and animators rely heavily on detailed prototypes and models. Thanks to Carbon 3D printers, there is now more freedom to add as much complexity in designs and add authenticity to the movies.
Using 3D printing with CLIP technology
If you are not satisfied with the results of your traditional 3D printer and you want more clarity and detail in the parts you make, it is time to shift to CLIP technology. You can access a CLIP Pilot Program to discover the features and functions of this technology while being helped all the time during this process. Sculpteo offers the Carbon 3D printer services with CLIP technology and you can access it on their website.
The bottom line is that the selection of a 3D printer is not an easy task but it depends on the kind of products to be made. If you are a beginner and just want to get started with 3D printing, then a traditional 3D printer will do the job. However, if you run a business or your needs are more professional or corporate in nature, Carbon 3D printing with CLIP technology is the best option.
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