The Additive Manufacturing AdvantageJoel Coffman
Why Carbon’s DLP based M2 allows additional design flexibility, speed, and more cost effective solutions when comparing additive manufacturing to traditional manufacturing methods
Unlike traditional methods of manufacturing, Carbon’s M2 3D printer can benefit engineers in a variety of ways. Additive manufacturing not only eliminates the high costs and time delays that are typically involved in the injection molding process, but it also provides the speed and flexibility for both prototyping and production applications. Key benefits are:
Speed: Unlike other 3D printing technologies that use a linear tracing process to fill in an image layer by layer, Carbon’s M2 combines DLP® Light Technology & Carbon’s Clip Technology to allow for continuous layer curing in a flash of light. This combination allows for non-linear layer builds resulting in faster printing. As an example, with linear tracing the time to complete a print is a function of the number of prints in the build. If it takes two hours to print one item, it will take roughly four hours to print two items, and six hours to print three items. With Carbon’s M2, the time to complete a print is not affected by how many are on the build plate. If it takes 20 minutes to build one item, it will take roughly 20 minutes to build as many as you can fit on the build plate, resulting in print times up to 32 times faster.
Customization: Unlike injection molding, which requires expensive molds to be created, 3D printing with the Carbon M2 allows engineers to iterate between each print. If they notice a feature that doesn’t work as designed…no problem…engineers can adjust the CAD file and print the new design immediately. Or for faster design iterations, engineers can put multiple designs on the same build plate and explore the pros and cons of each with little to no penalty.
Save Time & Cut Costs: Carbon’s M2, allows manufacturers to eliminate up to two months of time delays and the costly expense of buying injection molds that can range anywhere from $2,000-$40,000. Design changes with injection molding require engineers to buy a new mold with each design, and can delay a project by 4-8 weeks with each new mold to be made. With the Carbon M2, you can make design changes on the fly. More designs in less time, while eliminating the time delays and considerable costs of molds.
As the world of manufacturing evolves and 3D Printing challenges the familiar but costly process of injection molding, be sure to take a closer look at the advantages that DLP and Clip Technology provide in speed, customization, time savings and cost reductions. The difference could make a huge impact in terms of your market success.