Along with Amazon, Tesla and First Solar, 3d printing startup Carbon has been named one of the 50 Smartest Companies of 2016 by MIT Technology Review.
Carbon has promised to drastically increase the speed of 3d printing, which would allow automakers, aerospace firms and countless other brands to produce prototypes and end use goods at a faster pace, saving millions of dollars.
"Carbon has developed a new technique based on stereolithography that it says is as much as 100 times faster than rivals’ 3-D printing methods and fast enough to be used in place of injection molding to produce certain parts," Technology Review writes. "Carbon will face competition from HP, which has its own new printing technology based on a different class of materials. But the startup is backed by some high-powered investors, including Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital and Silver Lake Kraftwerk, and its board members include the former CEOs of Ford and DuPont."
While the build volume of Carbon is limited at 5.6 x 3.1 x 12.9 (in), and the cost to get up and running with the printer approaches $65,000 for the first year, the printer has excited both the 3d printing industry and those outside of it, particularly those that can benefit from short and medium run production of parts with Carbon's new technology.
“Carbon3D’s CLIP technology has allowed us to realize our need for high-speed, high-quality printing of actual automotive-grade parts,” said Raj Nair, Chief Technology Officer at Ford “We are excited to further our relationship and look forward to innovating together to make 3D manufacturing a reality.”