With the release of Carbon 3D's M1 printer, the speed of manufacturing parts via additive manufacturing is set to increase nearly six-fold.
Following the recent release of the M1, Joseph DeSimone and his team at Carbon are using resin material to create parts in record time, and we now have some more insight into the material types available.
They include 4 resin types, built for flexibility, temperature resistance, elasticity, strength, print time and aesthetics. Right now parts manufactured using the M1 are available from limited firms, as Carbon looks to perfect its processes before rolling it out across the globe.
Some basic specs on the printer, including material types are below, courtesy of Carbon.
Printer Footprint: 1.7 x 2.1 x 5.6 (ft)
Build Volume: 144 x 81x 330 (mm)
Durable: RPU is the stiffest and most versatile polyurethane-based resin. It performs well under stress, combining strength, stiffness, and toughness. These properties make RPU particularly useful for consumer electronics, automotive, and industrial components, where excellent mechanical properties are needed.
Heat Resistant: CE is a Cyanate Ester-based resin is a high performance material with heat deflection temperatures up to 219°C [426°F]. Marked by excellent strength, stiffness and long-term thermal stability, CE is useful for under-the-hood applications, electronics, and industrial components.
Elastic: EPU: A high performance polyurethane elastomer. It exhibits excellent elastic behavior under cyclic tensile and compressive loads. EPU is useful for demanding applications where high elasticity, impact and tear resistance are needed such as cushioning, gaskets, and seals.
Flexibile: FPU is semi-rigid material with good impact, abrasion and fatigue resistance. This versatile material was designed for applications that require the toughness to withstand repetitive stresses such as hinging mechanisms and friction fits.
General Purpose/Speed: PR is a prototyping resin with properties similar to SLA resins. It prints quickly, has excellent resolution, and performs well enough to withstand moderate functional testing. It is available in six colors — cyan, magenta, yellow, black, white, and gray. These colors can be mixed to create custom colors.