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Carbon lowers cost of resins for production-scale applications

Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based 3D printing company, today announced a further set of price reductions for its most widely-used resins, expanding upon the bulk discount program introduced last year. Effective today, EPX 82 (epoxy), EPU 41 (elastomeric polyurethane), and RPU 70 (rigid polyurethane) will be offered in bulk volumes at $50 per liter. This move will increase the total addressable market for large-scale digitally manufactured parts across industries, and continue to drive down costs and spur growth for the implementation of Carbon’s digital manufacturing solution globally.

“The global appetite for using digital manufacturing for high-volume production is rapidly growing, as more and more manufacturers are implementing these next-gen technologies into their processes and supply chains,” said Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-founder at Carbon. “Carbon has made digital manufacturing a reality, and the skyrocketing need for large- volume production enables us to introduce the most radical reduction of resin pricing ever. This move will also create new high-value applications and opportunities that were previously impossible, helping to transform the modest, estimated $10B 3D printing world into a multi-hundred-billion-dollar industry.”

The $50 per liter resin pricing fulfills Carbon’s 2017 promise of getting to sub $100 per liter, when RPU 70 became the first resin offered at bulk discounts through Carbon’s materials program. In response to overwhelming demand from its customers and partners, Carbon is reducing the price for:

  • RPU 70: a versatile, tough, and rigid material comparable to ABS;
  • EPX 82: a rigid, high-strength, temperature-resistant material comparable to glass-filled PBT used primarily for applications like electrical connectors;
  • EPU 41: a highly elastic, tear-resistant, and resilient material comparable to traditional TPU elastomers used primarily for cushioning, vibration isolation, gaskets, and seals in applications like footwear, sporting goods, robotics, prosthetics, and consumer products.

Availability

One order in one shipment for 50 or more liters of EPX 82, EPU 41, or RPU 70 will be priced at $50 per liter. One order in one shipment outside the U.S. for 50 or more liters of EPX 82 or RPU 70, pricing will be EUR €45 per liter, GBP £40 per liter, CAD $65 per liter and JP¥ 7,500 per liter. (EPU 41 is currently not available outside the U.S.).

Carbon Production Network expansion

Carbon also today announced the expansion of its network of production partners with the addition of Complete Fabrications, Erpro Group, Kurz, and Rapid Product Manufacturing (RPM) in Europe. The addition of four new European service bureaus is a testament to the growth of the market and rapid adoption of production-scale digital manufacturing globally. With the new international members and the recent addition of many new U.S. production partners, the Carbon Production Network (CPN) now has more than 35 global members.

“Digital fabrication technology has evolved from the early days of conventional 3D printing of prototyping applications to full-scale digital manufacturing systems,” said Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partnerships at Carbon. “An important part of Carbon’s strategy is to empower manufacturers around the world with the many benefits of digital fabrication. By being part of the Carbon Production Network, our partners have a truly scalable, complete digital manufacturing platform that offers a faster process and creates high-quality, end-use parts with properties similar to injection molding.”

Core3D partnership

Finally, the company also announced an extension of its partnership with Core3D, a global company committed to leading the dental industry into the digital era by providing dental production and design solutions. By expanding their collaboration into countries spanning four continents, dental labs across the world will now have access to Carbon’s groundbreaking 3D printing systems based on its proprietary Digital Light Synthesis technology and unparalleled range of materials.

With the ability to produce end-use parts quickly, accurately, and consistently using Carbon’s additive manufacturing technology, Core3d has made products such as surgical guides and dentures more affordable across the board. This democratizes 3D printing technology for all types and sizes of dental labs, which look to Core3d to help them manufacture parts they can’t or don’t have the resources to produce in-house. For Core3D, Carbon has also improved turnaround time and the diversity of its offerings.

“Core3D is at the forefront of innovation in digital dentistry, and Carbon is thrilled to expand our partnership in support of our shared global vision and commitment to the continuing development and enhancement of the digital ecosystem,” stated Brian Ganey, General Manager of Carbon’s Dental Business. “The age of digital 3D Manufacturing is here, and Carbon is redefining what’s possible with a complete dental solution that delivers on the promise of digital fabrication for production at scale.”

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