CLIP Technology - A Revolutionary Approach to 3D Printing
Providing a new, innovative and fundamental approach to 3D printing, Carbon3D Inc. has developed 3D printing technology that allows objects to rise continuously from a liquid medium instead of using the layer-by-layer construction approaches that have been used over the past 25 years. When compared to other methods, this innovative printing technology is reported to be 25 to 100 times faster at creating functional end-products and is also capable of forming geometries that are currently unachievable with conventional methods.
Continuous Liquid Interface Production, or CLIP, was co-invented by Joseph M. DeSimone, CEO of Carbon3D, along with colleagues Edward T. Samulski and Alex Ermoshkin. The technology works by projecting light through an oxygen-permeable window into a liquid resin. Light and oxygen are manipulated to combine objects while in liquid form, applied in moderation to control the resin's solidification while the object is being created. This is the first 3D printing process that uses photochemistry instead of carving out objects layer by layer – an approach that has defined 3D printing for over two decades.
“By rethinking the whole approach to 3D printing, and the chemistry and physics behind the process, we have developed a new technology that can create parts radically faster than traditional technologies by essentially growing them a pool of liquid,” reports DeSimone, who unveiled the innovative technology at a TED talk conference held in Vancouver, British Columbia earlier this week.
CLIP allows a large variety of materials to be used to produce 3D components and end-products with original properties, these range from silicones to nylons to ceramics and other biodegradable materials. The method itself provides a foundation for creating new and original materials can heighten research in materials science. The team is currently working on advancing the technology and finding new materials that are compatible with it. They are also pursuing original uses for the technology in drug delivery and other areas.
DeSimone reports: “In addition to using new materials, CLIP can allow to us make stronger objects with unique geometries that other techniques cannot achieve, such as cardiac stents personally tailored to meet the needs of a specific patient. Since CLIP facilitates 3D polymeric object fabrication in a matter of minutes instead of hours or days, it would not be impossible within coming years to enable personalized coronary stents, dental implants or prosthetics to be 3D printed on demand in a medical setting.”
CLIP provides opportunities for innovation in every major industry from healthcare to aviation. The technology is revolutionary, it is a unique approach that has introduced an entirely new set of capabilities to the realm of 3D printing.
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