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Carbon CLIP 3D Printing

WestStar Precision serves customers in aerospace, medical, biotech, and alternative energy sectors with high tech manufacture of products. The company has developed best practice standards in the area of precision machining and assembly of metal and plastic components built to demanding customer specification around the world.

Today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with Carbon in rolling out one of the first Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) devices in the country.

“I have been watching 3D printing technology for years but was never convinced to enter, because of the slow speed, high cost and limited mechanical properties of conventional additive manufacturing.” Erv Portman, WestStar’s president commented. “I believe that Carbon has provided us the breakthrough technology to print real parts with real mechanical properties. Parts our customers can use—not just look at.”

Carbon’s CLIP-based technology combines the engineering-grade properties of thermoplastics with exceptional resolution and surface finish. It makes a range of features and applications possible for industries as varied as aerospace, medical, alternative energy, automotive, and consumer electronics.

WestStar is part of a select group of early customers, working with Carbon to apply CLIP across a diverse range of industries. We look forward to learning about your needs to discover if CLIP is the right solution for you.

CLIP Technology

CLIP, which stands for Continuous Liquid Interface Production, eliminates shortcomings of other 3D printing technology by emphasizing a tunable photochemical process over a traditional mechanical approach.

How CLIP Works

CLIP works by projecting a continuous sequence of UV images, generated by a digital light projector, through an oxygen-permeable, UV-transparent window below a liquid resin bath. The dead zone created above the window maintains a liquid interface below the part. Above the dead zone, the curing part is drawn out of the resin bath.

Materials

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Carbon has created a diverse and growing selection of materials that enable product designers and engineers to build functional prototypes and production parts. We currently have seven Carbon materials available for use featuring a build size of 3.2” x 5.7” x 12.” The materials were designed to meet common engineering requirements — from the elongation and resilience expected of an injection molded polyurethane elastomer to the temperature resistance of a glass-filled Nylon, and many more. Please contact us to learn if Carbon’s materials are right for your application needs.