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Carbon 3D


3D printing but faster... and possibly useful!


So 3D printing has been around for a while now and there are many kinds. There are techniques that use finely layered and adhered sediments. Bonded powders and laser sintered items are the most common.


Then there are some of the more accessible techniques, the kind that you can put in your home for a few hundred pounds or dollars, these tend to be of the fluid deposition variety and, a little like icing a cake build up layers of a component with a fine bead of plastic (or other material).


What all of these processes have in most part in common is layers. Specifically layers in a common direction. Anyone geeky enough to have spent a childhood looking for fossils (not me obviously I was cool... Honest) will know that while to a nipper rock is tough, it is markedly less tough if it is sedimentary and bashed in the direction of the layers.


What this tells us is that the process of manufacture in these systems imparts inherent mechanical weaknesses along with shape constraints into the manufacture process.



On the flip side of this we have natural processes. Additive manufacturing is not only the domain of geeks, its true to say that almost all parts in biology are produced through additive processes. From the shells that you find on the beach when your holiday has actually delivered on the promise of beach weather, to the bones in your body, and even your organs. All have been additively manufactured. Even Construction of buildings on a macro-scale is an additive process.


What Carbon 3D has done is impressive. They have turned the standard machine on its head and use a resin, light and oxygen to bond and grow a continuous part. Now, this is still a process that is effectively layering, but this is much less pronounced and to boot the parts can be delivered faster. Much faster. A range of resins can permit products with many properties and we are one step closer to a more natural process.


Perhaps one day we will make composite materials in this way and find a method of aligning the fibres as the part grows around them so that we can realise parts with properties impossible to manufacture today.


For now, we have the current state of the art... Impressive.




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