The 3D printing innovation designed by Silicon Valley startup, Carbon3D Inc, allows objects to built from a fluid media consistently as opposed to being manufactured one layer after another as they have been for the last quarter of century. As per the developers this is totally new way to do 3D printing.
The innovation permits ready-to-use items to be produced 25 to 100 times quicker than different approaches and makes beforehand unachievable geometries that pave the way for new tech in health care and pharmaceutical, fields as well as in other significant commercial ventures, like car and plane production.
The tech, dubbed Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) relies on light and oxygen to make items in fluid media, being the first 3D printing process that employs tunable photochemistry rather than the layering method that has characterized the innovation for quite a long time. It works by sending light rays through an oxygen-penetrable window into a fluid tar.
Coupled, light and oxygen manipulate the solidifying process of the resin , making economically feasible articles that can have sizes beneath 20 microns, or under one-quarter of the width of a paper sheet.
Joseph M DeSimone, professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and CEO of the startup reported:
“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 in a pool of liquid.”
Thanks to an exploration agreement between UNC-Chapel Hill and Carbon 3D, the group is presently working to improve the technology and find new materials that can be used with it.
CLIP allows for an extensive variety of materials to be employed to make 3D sections with new properties, including elastomers, silicones, nylon-like materials, pottery and biodegradable compounds.
DeSimone further noted:
“In addition to using new materials, CLIP can allow us to 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.”
Additionally since CLIP enables 3D polymeric item manufacture in a just a few minutes rather than hours or days, it would not be unthinkable, in the future, to facilitate customized coronary stents, dental implants or prosthetics to be 3D made upon request in a therapeutic circumstance.
The research was distributed in the diary Science.
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