This morning, Formnext 2019 is kicking off in Frankfurt—with a lot to show. AM companies from around the world will come together in the German city this week to showcase new additive manufacturing solutions and products and to create new connections and partnerships. Digital manufacturing company Carbon, which is presenting its own solutions at the trade show, has made some announcements, including the availability of its newest 3D printer, the L1 and the addition of Jabil to its Carbon Production Network.
The L1 is available
The L1 3D printer, first announced in February 2019, is now available to order. Built for high-volume production, the DLS 3D printer has already been adopted by some of Carbon’s key customers, including adidas, Ridell and Dentsply Sirona, but is now available for purchase by product designers, engineers, contract manufacturers and others.
“The L1 printer has made history with the innovation it has enabled and the quality and production scale it has achieved,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, Co-Founder and CEO of Carbon. “It is an extremely efficient and capable machine, transformational for product designers and engineers looking to make what’s next, and rugged enough for production environments and versatile enough to produce a range of parts—from precise dental models to impact-absorbing helmet liners. Its most exciting days are still ahead of it. We can’t wait to see what our customers do with it!”
Compared to the Carbon M2 3D printer, the L1 boasts a much larger print area (5x greater), which enables users to produce substantially larger parts or many more small parts in a single build. In short, the 3D printer is meant to help companies scale their production. As mentioned, companies such as adidas are already seeing the benefits of the increased production.
Marco Kormann, Director of Future Technology Innovation at adidas, said: “We think of adidas 4D as the future of our performance footwear, and with the L1 printer and Carbon’s Digital Manufacturing Platform, in just two years we’ve been able to go from a conceptual FutureCraft design to a running shoe that has revolutionized the footwear industry.”
In the dental market, the L1 is part of the L1 Production Solution, an end-to-end solution for thermoforming and the production of clear aligners. Carbon’s dental customers, including Derby Dental, Affordable Care and Dentsply Sirona’s SureSmile, are now able to manufacture thousands of personalized clear aligners a day.
As of today, Carbon’s L1 3D printer is available to order through a subscription of $250,000 per year for a three-year term. The printer is expected to ship in the first half of 2020.
The second announcement made by Carbon at Formnext today is that it is welcoming manufacturing company Jabil to its Carbon Production Network. The network, which is aimed at expanding the adoption and access to Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, has added over 10 partners in the past year alone.
“We are excited to become a valued member of the Carbon Production Network,” said John Dulchinos, VP of Digital Manufacturing, Jabil. “This will further strengthen our ability to drive adoption of additive manufacturing across an integrated ecosystem of printers, materials, and processes tailored for the growing application demands of heavily regulated industries, including healthcare.”
This time last year, Carbon announced the addition of partners in the injection molding and castings industry: Bright Plastics, Dependable Plastics, Diversified Plastics, Element Packaging, Gallagher Plastics, Nicolet Plastics, Prattville Machine & Tool and Resolution Medica. The production network provides a validated ecosystem of contract manufacturers, each of which have been certified to work with Carbon’s digital fabrication platforms.